Kate Spade tributes pour in: "an accessories icon"

Alicia Farmer
June 8, 2018

David Spade is paying tribute to his late sister-in-law, Kate, who was found dead by an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment on Tuesday.

According to police, Spade hanged herself in her Park Avenue home and was pronounced dead on the scene.

In 1993 Spade, a former accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine, launched the brand alongside her future husband, Andy, whom she met in college. In 2016, Kate launched a new line named after her daughter, Frances Valentine. "I wanted a functional bag that was sophisticated and had some style", Spade told the New York Times in 1999.

Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb, from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said: "She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories".

"Her new brand "Frances Valentine" is one of my favorites".

Julia Curry, a spokeswoman for Spade's company, released a statement saying that "Kate will be dearly missed" and "our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time".

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While she designed lifestyle products, clothes, jewellery and shoes as well, she was best known for her handbags in cheery colours with whimsical designs.

Spade has moved on from her namesake brand in recent years, but the luxury label issued a statement addressing the "incredibly sad news". Coach had announced plans in May of a year ago to buy the brand for $2.4 billion.

"We were one of the first retailers to sell the Kate Spade collection, and Kate made many personal appearances at Hall's throughout the years", Halls CEO and President Kelly Cole said.

On social media, prominent figures mourned Spade's passing.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the U.S. Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, a free and 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources. Kate Spade is also the aunt of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan. "Everyone loves to get a letter", Spade told the AP in 2006, explaining that she never used computers and had her staff print out emails. "Sending love to her family". You couldn't walk into her boutiques and not smile. "Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart", Clinton said.

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