Designer Kate Spade was found lifeless in her Upper East Side apartment in New York on Tuesday morning. She was 55. CNN reports that law enforcement officials are investigating her death as an apparent suicide. Kate was found by her housekeeper with a suicide note found at the scene.
A statement from Kate Spade New York reads: "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 in this world."
The industry is mourning the loss of the designer with an outpouring of grief on social media.
Kate started her brand in 1993. She and her husband, Andy opened their first store in New York in 1996. Three years later, they sold 56% of their business to Neiman Marcus. And in 2007, she left her eponymous brand after Liz Claiborne had acquired it. Last May 2017, luxury fashion house, Coach announced that it was taking over Kate Spade & Co. in a US$2.4 billion deal. But Kate didn't entirely leave the industry. In 2016, she and Andy launched Frances Valentine, where they also offer shoes, bags, and accessories.
Kate Spade was known for her colorful and playful bags that extended to accessories and clothing. She has left a legacy in the fashion industry and will be greatly missed.