Kate Spade, designer who built handbag empire, found dead

Calvin Saunders
June 7, 2018

Kate Spade's older sister, Reta Saffo, emailed the Kansas City Star and revealed that Spade had been suffering from mental illness for the past couple of years and that she'd been "self-medicating with alcohol". "A very tragic and sad ending to the life of a very colorful and delightful being".

The housekeeper's personal Facebook page includes photos depicting a sprawling Napa Valley manse that she identifies as belonging to Spade. 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 late fashion designer racked up a huge following of royal and celebrity fans, including Ivanka and Kate Middleton, since the creation of her eponymous brand back in 1993.

Andy Spade said in a lengthy statement to the New York Times that he and his teenaged daughter Bea were "devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her".

"The contents of that note as well as the physical state of the apartment and the comments of the witness lend to the credibility that it is an apparent suicide", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. A decade later, they started a new company, Frances Valentine, which focused on shoes and handbags. "That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have".

Designer Kate Spade attends the Tribeca Ball 2011 at the New York Academy of Art on April 4, 2011 in New York City.

Having a Spade bag "was a sign that you were in the know", said Eric Wilson, fashion news director at InStyle.

More news: Germany to Win 2018 World Cup, Say Economists at German Bank
More news: IOS 12 promises new life for older devices this fall
More news: SpaceX Launches Satellite for SES in Its 11th Mission This Year

The handbag designer Kate Spade killed herself after struggling with depression, her sister told a U.S. newspaper on Wednesday.

Together they opened up Kate Spade New York, which initially produced handbags but blossomed into a full-on fashion house featuring Kate's signature bright colours and jazzy prints. "She was so sharp and quick on her feet", the actor said on Instagram.

I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. "Not eating or eating much more, great changes in their energy level, such that they feel worn out or exhausted all the time", said Dr, Olson. "I said we could talk about it all - our childhood, etc". "And I just went 'What?'..."

"Sometimes you simply can not SAVE people from themselves!"

Andy Spade is seen (left) as a teenager with his younger brother David (right).

Spade also took to Twitter to post another picture of Kate supporting him at an event for the 2015 launch of his autobiography, Almost Interesting: The Memoir. Sometimes everything a person may do to try and help may still not be enough.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER