Fashion Designer Kate Spade Dead at 55, Suicide by Hanging

Law enforcement sources confirm the note Kate left behind was addressed to her daughter, telling the 13-year-old the suicide wasn’t her fault.

Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday morning in her NYC apartment ‘Park Avenue home’.  e’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.

Kate Spade Found Dead In Her Apartment

Launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, and it blossomed into a full-scale clothing and jewelry line. Kate and Andy got married in 1994.

Kate became a hit in the fashion world in the ’90s with her minimalist handbag line, which has since continued to grow to include clothing, shoes, accessories and homegoods. The brand was known for its sleek designs and bright colors, with the designer perfectly encapsulating her brand’s aesthetic with her colorful clothes and perma-bouffant.

Kate sold her company in 2007 and took some time off to raise her daughter — but got back in the game in 2016 by launching a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine, named after her daughter, who’s now 13 years old.

Kate was 55.



Celebrities took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to mourn the loss of iconic designer Kate Spade, who built a fashion empire with her colorful handbags and preppy clothes. White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter that the designer’s “tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry.” Another first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wrote, “My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.” Girls star Lena Dunham called Spade “a staple of NYC who spread good will” and made “millions” feel beautiful. Fellow designer Kenneth Cole also paid tribute to Spade, who hanged herself in her Park Avenue apartment, according to police. “‘I believed that I could, so I did.’ She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory,” he wrote. In a statement, the Council of Fashion Designers of America said Spade was a “great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories.” While the Spades have not been involved with the Kate Spade brand for over a decade, the company called the news “incredibly sad” and said Spade “will be dearly missed.”