Star fashion designer, Kate Spade has died. Law enforcement is suspecting suicide. As reported by the Associated Press, she was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday morning. She was 55.
According to some officials, a housekeeper discovered Spade hanging in her bedroom in her Park Avenue apartment. A note was reportedly found at the scene. Officials have refused to further details.
Originally Kate Brosnahan, Spade is popular for her eponymous brand, which she founded with her husband, Andy Spade, in the 1990s. The couple, who married in 1994, have a 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.
Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Condé Nast before noticing a gap in the market for clean, simple, modern handbags, she said in a January interview with NPR. After three years of not turning a profit, the brand received an award in 1996 from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the whimsical, colourful creations were suddenly must-have items.
The company was sold to Coach in 2017 for $2.4 billion, and she subsequently launched another fashion brand, Frances Valentine, which specializes in handbags and shoes.