Designer Kate Spade Found Dead In NYC Apartment

Fashion designer Kate Spade has died in New York at the age of 55.

What you need to know
  • Spade, a co-founder of Kate Spade New York, was found dead in her New York apartment overnight.
  • She was found by her housekeeper
  • A note was reportedly found at the scene

Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York City apartment.

Spade was found by her housekeeper at her home on Park Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East side, the New York Daily News reported, citing unnamed police officials. A note was reportedly found at the scene.

The 55-year-old was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold.

"Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed," the brand said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time.

"We honour all the beauty she brought into this world."

Spade was a former accessories editor at the now-closed Mademoiselle magazine before launching her design company, Kate Spade New York, in 1993. It began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewelry, bedding, leg-wear and fragrances.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought Kate Spade in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colourful tote bags.

Spade herself didn't benefit from the sale as she had already sold her shares in the company more than a decade before.

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Kate Spade New York had over 140 retail stores across the United States and more than 175 shops internationally.

In 2016, Spade and her husband Andy, with whom she had a daughter, founded a new accessories label called Frances Valentine.

Andy is the brother of Hollywood actor David Spade.

The New York Police Department confirmed the designer's death under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

Tributes to the designer have poured in, with former US first daughter Chelsea Clinton was among the first to post.

"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," she tweeted.

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