Between Luxury and Accessibility: Kate Spade Gone Too Soon

Designer Kate Spade reportedly found dead from apparent suicide

"I sat down with some tracing paper, and I knew immediately what the shape should be - a very simple square", she told Fortune Small Business in 2003.

He said she "sounded happy" the night before and her death was a complete shock. Spade is survived by her husband, designer Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter. Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the sad news of their eponymous founder's death.

Bags at the Kate Spade store in Hong Kong, 2016. Her handbags were an easy choice for those who love the luxurious feel of a Chanel or Hermès bag but enjoy the casual vibe of a trendy design. She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993, based on six shapes of bags she thought every working woman needed.

The comedian David Spade has paid tribute to his sister-in-law Kate Spade, who died Tuesday morning in what authorities believe was suicide.

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'Kate was more than a designer. "She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike", wrote actress Lena Dunham on Twitter.

The company says its thoughts are with the Spade family. And she changed her name to Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade. One obvious measure of her influence was the number of counterfeit Kate Spade bags one could find on the streets, Arrington said.

But Kate and Andy Spade never stopped working in fashion. On social media, many are sharing pictures and memories of their favourite Kate Spade pieces - the most popular word being used?

From the original boxy handbags, she expanded into shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and three books. "Sending love to her family". In May 2017, Coach, Inc. acquired Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.

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File - In this photo, designer Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her next collection in NY on May 13, 2004.

US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House advisor, Ivanka Trump: "Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry". I'd flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalization).

Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards. Spade moved on to launch a new luxury brand, Frances Valentine. Gupta, 29, said that there is a need to look at people harder with "compassion and kindness".

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