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Designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment

Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped
Lora Ball | 06 June, 2018, 00:00

On June 5 the fashion world was rocked by the news that celebrated handbag designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NY apartment of an apparent suicide.

The officials say she was found hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The designer left behind a note, police said, but declined to discuss its contents.

Valentine founded the Kate Spade brand in 1993 with her husband, Andy Spade, as a handbag maker.

Across the globe, Spade boasts more than 175 retail shops, including 140 in the United States alone.

She sold the company to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and stayed with the company until it was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc.in 2007 for $125 million. In 2017, the fashion company was bought by Coach for a whopping $2.4 billion - money that Spade never saw.

The New York Police Department confirmed the designer's death under her birth name. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, and husband Andy Spade.

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"It absolutely gave me the most unbelievable sense of resilience and resolution - hearing people say, Don't come back to me with a no".

It was there that she met her future husband Andy Spade, brother of the Hollywood comedian David, working in a clothing store. She was reportedly wearing Kate Spade at the time. "Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart".

"If I run, I'm much healthier - I run on a treadmill", she revealed.

Her work won acclaim early on, with Spade winning the award for America's New Fashion Talent in Accessories from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1996. In 2016, Spade started a new shoe and handbag business, Frances Valentine.

The actress later told Women's Wear Daily that she admires fashion "from afar", unlike her aunt. "She wanted to make the world just a much more fun place for all of us who love style and appreciate fashion".

Authorities believe her death was an apparent suicide.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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