Kate Brosnahan Spade, the fashion designer and businesswoman, hanged herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday at a Manhattan apartment, according to a New York Police Department source.
Ms. Spade built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made women smile. Her name became a shorthand for the cute, clever bags that were an instant hit.
NEW YORK -- Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide Tuesday, police said. She was 55. News of her death shocked the fashion world and led to an outpouring of tributes from her legions of fans. Housekeeping staff found Spade inside her Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officials told CBS News. They said she left a note at the scene but the contents of the note were not divulged. She had apparently hanged herself with a scarf attached to a door knob. Her husband and business partner Andy Spade was in the apartment at the time, police said at an afternoon news conference.
Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.
Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday morning in her NYC apartment ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources confirm a housekeeper found Kate's body at 10:20 AM ET in her Park Avenue home. We're told she hanged herself using a scarf tied to her bedroom door knob. She was pronounced dead on the scene. We're also told she left a note.
We are incredibly saddened by the loss of the brilliant designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade. We are grateful she and her husband Andy Spade shared their story with us in 2017. The origins of the Kate Spade brand can be drawn back to a 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant, when Andy asked Kate, “What’s missing in designer handbags?” Kate’s answer was a simple modern-shaped handbag that launched the iconic fashion brand.