The world-famous fashion and handbag designer Kate Spade, who founded a $2.4 billion fashion empire with over 140 shops and outlet stores across the US, has been found dead in New York in an apparent suicide, hanging herself with a scarf.
The body of the 55-year-old was reportedly discovered by the housekeeping staff at her apartment on Park Avenue, along with a note addressed to her family – that would include her husband Andy and 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix.
“I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend – and a heck of a lot of fun” Spade told Glamour magazine back in 2002.
She sure won’t be forgotten: as part of the powerful wave of American female designers from the 90’s, Kate Spade leaves behind her a legacy of defining chic lifestyle for millions of women throughout the world.
Shaken by this tragic loss, celebrities like Lena Dunham and Reese Witherspoon have already started to share tributes to the iconic designer. “Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what women the world over wanted to carry” Anna Wintour, the famous editor-in-chief of Vogue, said in a statement.
Kate Spade was more than a designer. She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will. My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 5, 2018
My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) June 5, 2018
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018