Fashion queen Kate Spade is found dead in New York home
Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags before selling the brand, was found dead in her New York apartment yesterday in an apparent suicide, police said.
Spade (55) hanged herself and was found by her housekeeper at her home in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.
A former accessories editor at the now-closed 'Mademoiselle' magazine, she and Andy Spade launched their namesake design company, Kate Spade New York, in 1993. The couple married the following year.
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They began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewellery, legwear and fragrances.
The brand grew into a fashion empire offering affordable luxury to younger working women at a time when the industry was dominated by venerable European brands.
The couple sold the brand in 2006 and launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine, which sells footwear and accessories.
Tapestry Inc eventually bought the Kate Spade brand in May 2017 to tap millennials, drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colourful tote bags.