Us Weekly confirmed on Tuesday morning that Spade hung herself with a red scarf in her New York City apartment.
When Kate Brosnahan was in college she met a boy named Andy Spade.
So many labels are based on the appeal of the designer's personality, from Karl Lagerfeld to Phoebe Philo, but Kate Spade was different.
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing this pink rose printed dress by the popular brand in October of 2016. Set to jaunty music, the detective tracks "Spade" as she runs from a home to a pool and then to the beach. Suicide is always horrific, but the Kate Spade brand is predicated on happiness, sunshine, bright colours, gentility, sweetness.
Have something to add to the story? When you carry a handbag every day that has someone else's name on it, you start to feel like you know them, and social media lit up with people remembering the first time they bought a Kate Spade purse, and what her designs meant to them. "My daughter and I jumped up and down when she won", Spade told Page Six.More news: Arsenal signs Lichtsteiner on free from Juve
From the original boxy handbags, she expanded into shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and three books.
She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993.
Last year, Spade and her husband spoke with NPR's "How I Built This" about how they developed the company into a major lifestyle brand. "But that was new at the time, and in a lot of ways, the contemporary version of it really came from her". The cause of death is an apparent suicide at this time.
Comedian David Spade broke his silence on the death of his sister-in-law, fashion designer Kate Spade, on Tuesday. Saffo said she had taken a sedative.
Meanwhile, Kate's sister Reta Saffo told the Kansas City Star in emails how the star had suffered with bipolar disorder but refused treatment. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, amusing as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known.
Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.