Breaking News: Kate Spade Found Dead

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Famed fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday. The apparent cause of death was suicide by hanging. Kate Spade’s body was found in her bedroom with a note that was intended for her 13-year old daughter.“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” the Spade family said in a statement in a New York Times article. “ We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Kate Spade, beginning in the mid-1990s, built a fashion empire, appealing to middle income, cosmopolitan women. Having a Kate Spade bag became a status symbol for career-driven young women, similar to the status of having a Chanel bag for women of a certain financial ilk.

“ Everyone thought that the definition of a handbag was strictly European, all decades-old-serious status and wealth. Then along came this thoroughly American young woman who changed everything. There was a moment when you couldn’t walk a block in New York without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious,” explained Anna Wintour in a New York Times article.

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Kate Spade’s fashion empire included apparel, accessories, and home goods, all products at a mostly accessible price point. In 2006, Kate Spade sold her lifestyle brand to Liz Claiborne, Inc. And the company was later sold to Coach in 2017.The 55-year old designer was supposedly suffering from depression and was going through a separation from her husband of 23-years. Her husband and 13-year old daughter, Frances Beatrix, survive Kate Spade.


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