Kate Spade, the iconic fashion designer, has passed away at age 55.
The designer and businesswoman was found deceased in her New York City apartment on June 5, 2018, reports TMZ. Kate reportedly died of an apparent suicide.
Kate Spade was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan on December 24, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from university with a journalism degree, Kate began working at Mademoiselle magazine in Manhattan.
In 1993, Kate and Andy Spade launched “Kate Spade handbags.” They originally focused on handbags, but eventually expanded to sell other goods, like jewelry, clothing, accessories, eyewear, gifts, and more.
Over the years, the “Kate Spade” company has been owned by many other companies. As of 2017, the brand belongs to Coach, Inc.
In 2016, Kate Spade launched “Frances Valentine,” a new footwear and handbag brand.
Kate married Andy Spade (brother of actor David Spade) in 1994. They have one daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, born in 2005. Kate’s niece is actress Rachel Brosnahan.
RIP, Kate Spade. You’ll be missed. Please share this article to honor Kate’s legacy!