Fashion world mourns the death of Kate Spade

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has paid tribute to Kate Spade, who died Tuesday, calling it “a great talent that had an immeasurable impact on the fashion of the united states”.

Spade, a handbag and fashion designer, was found dead in his New York home.

The police said they were investigating his death, at the age of 55, as an apparent suicide.

Shovel of the family, said in a statement that he was “devastated by today’s tragedy” and “missed terribly”. They asked for privacy.

The designer is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and their teenage daughter, Francisca Beatriz.

Spade, a former editor of the fashion magazine Mademoiselle, creates a feeling of the fashion in the 1990s with his line of handbags, and built an accessories empire that grew to hundreds of stores at an international level.

“Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what the women of the world, I wanted to take,” Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, said in a statement.What were the circumstances of his death?

The police said that the designer of the lady of the house was found unconscious on Tuesday in his apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

The New York police department chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, said that a note had been found at the scene, but he refused to reveal its contents. He said that the evidence to the house pointed to “a tragic suicide”.

The New York Police Department confirmed Spade death under his birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

How did Blade become a household name?

Spade founded the Kate Spade Handbags brand in 1993 with his partner Andy, who I had met while studying journalism at Arizona State University, and another friend, Elyce Arons.

The brand opened its first store in New York in 1996, with a stated goal of designing the perfect bag. Its logo was the spades playing card symbol, and its bright and colorful design patterns that became a hallmark of their products.

She married Andy Spade in 1994 and had a daughter.


Pala sold its namesake label in the year 2007 and it was bought last year by New York rival designer Coach in a deal worth $2.4 million (£1.8 bn). She and her husband then set up another type of design of the company, Frances Valentine, the name of his daughter.

Spade legally changed his name to that of Kate Valentine’s (st. Valentine’s day was his grandfather’s middle name) in 2016 to “separate the two worlds,” he said.

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Quirky and fun country club

By Natalie Sherman, BBC News business reporter, New York

In the 25 years since Kate Spade of the foundation, the name has become a synonym for a certain style of preppy.

The former fashion editor, told the New York Times that she was looking for function, sophistication, and the “style” when she launched her line of handbags in 1993, inspired by other handbags of the time.

His gaze bright colors and clear lines – quickly gained traction, that appear on the shelves of upscale New York department stores like Barney’s.

In 1999, Neiman Marcus took a majority stake, seal of the company rising in the world of fashion and as a brand that embodied a peculiar fun, without straying too far from the country club.

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Tributes pour in

Celebrities and public figures in the world of fashion and beyond homage to a Spade and his work.

Actress Reese Witherspoon, he said the designer was a “wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed”.

Where to get help

From Canada or US: If you are in an emergency, please call 911

You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Young people in need of help can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868

If you’re in the US, you may contact the Crisis Line of Test text messages HOME to 741741

If you are in the uk, you can call the Samaritans on 116123

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