Courtesy: Associated Press
An Icon Is Gone
Kate Spade, the world-renowned fashion designer who redefined the fashion world at large, was found dead today in her New York Park Avenue apartment by a housekeeper at about 10:20 a.m., reports Associated Press, the housekeeper found that Kate had a red scarf around her neck which Kate used to hang herself, along with a note beside Kate’s lifeless body.
Kate Brosnahan Spade began Kate Spade New York back in 1993, after being an accessories editor over at Mademoiselle, gifting the world by designing the perfect handbag, and debuting with just 6 silhouettes where Kate combined sleek, utilitarian shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way.
Kate Spade grew her little company to over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States, and more than 175 shops internationally, growing into a global lifestyle brand, aiming to inspire colorful living through Kate’s iconic handbags and clothing, which also included jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby selections, fragrance, tabletop, bedding and gifts.
Kate walked away from Kate Spade New York in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.; Kate Spade New York was sold again last year to Coach, in an effort to broaden Kate Spade New York’s appeal.
Kate Spade New York believes they never lost sight of who they are, their spirited approach, commitment to curiosity, and passion for sharing Kate Spade’s colorful world, inspiring the rest of the world to live colorfully.
Kate is survived by her husband, who she started a new handbag company with a few years ago named Frances Valentine.
Kate is also survived by her daughter, Spade, who was born in 2005.
Kate Spade was 55-years-old.