Kate Brosnahan Spade, famous fashion designer and businesswoman, 55, passed away in her NYC apartment this Tuesday morning. She was found in her bedroom by a housekeeper and it appears that she hanged herself, committing suicide. She also left a note, according to sources from the NYPD.
Her husband, Andy Spade was also at the scene. A police spokesman did not know the whereabouts of Ms. Spade’s 13 years old daughter, according to The New York Times.
She was born Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri on December 24, 1962. Spade achieved fame with the colorful handbags that the company she co-founded is best known for. Katherine founded Kate Spade along with her future husband Andy Spade and a friend Elyce Arons in 1993. The company’s name Kate Spade is a combination of its co-founders’ names.
The company was first sold in 1999 and has been owned by several different corporations. Its most recent holder is luxury company Coach, Inc who acquired the publicly-traded Kate Spade & Company in 2017. Since then Coach, Inc has become the holding company Tapestry.
In 2016, Kate, her husband, Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi founded an accessories label called Frances Valentine. Kate had even changed her surname to Valentine to show her commitment to the new company, according to The New York Times.
Kate Spade was also related to the Golden Globe-winning actress of the new Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan. Brosnahan, 27, was her niece. Brosnahan has yet to comment on Spade’s death.
Since the news of her death spread, many people changed by Spade’s bags have gone to Twitter to express their grief and love for Spade. One fan talked about the first thing she bought for herself after becoming an attorney was a Kate Spade purse.
A year into being an attorney, my first splurge on myself was my (still) perfect #KateSpade black purse. Functional, crisp, professional, gorgeous. It takes a beautiful mind to design beautiful things. #RIP pic.twitter.com/NieF3sS7uI
— ℂ???? (@ChayaBaliga) June 5, 2018
The company named after Spade also released a statement and tweeted that its thoughts will be with Spade’s loved ones.
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Also, Ivanka Trump also posted on Twitter, asking depressed people to please seek help.
Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help. https://t.co/eruSexNoGj
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2018
If you feel depressed in any way, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 and go to the website speakingofsuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.