Law enforcement sources also told TMZ that she left behind a note addressed to her 13-year-old daughter to tell her that her suicide was not her daughter's fault.
Best known for her iconic accessories brand, Kate Spade New York, Kate had a profound effect on a lot of people, and her death has prompted an outpouring of love and tributes.
"She was all set to go, but then chickened out", she said, adding that maintaining the happy-go-lucky image of her brand took priority: "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out". Encouraged by her husband Andy, she quit her job and started designing handbags.
The comedian also said, "I don't think everyone knew how f--ing amusing she was". "At the time no one was doing anything that clean". "Bea - I have always loved you". In an industry of dark sunglasses and status handbags, she embraced an unapologetically pretty, preppy, East Coast aesthetic, turning it on its head in the process. She sold a few bags, but not enough to cover the cost of the booth at the exhibition hall. Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the sad news of their eponymous founder's death.
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"There was something missing", she told the Boston Globe in 1999. It was an idealistic notion, but the woman at the helm, who built what would become a multibillion-dollar brand on boxy handbags and polka-dot prints, was all the proof we needed.
To those who knew them, the Spades "were a hot couple", Fern Mallis, the former head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told People on Tuesday.
'My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family.
But Reta Saffo said Spade refused to seek medical help for the depression she suffered. Starting out in the early 1990s she designed her first handbag, playfully named "The Sam". "If I buy a cashmere sweater I want it to be something I wear for a long time". By 1998, the company's annual revenue had skyrocketed to $27 million.
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Ms. Spade expanded her design offerings to sunglasses, shoes, luggage and clothing and even designed flight attendants outfits.
Critics said the quality of her products declined, and the market was flooded with counterfeit bags.
Born Katherine Brosnahan, Spade grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. In fact, Spade hadn't owned her namesake's business for over a decade, selling her remaining 44% stake to Neiman Marcus in 2006.
She had little interest in fashion while growing up, other than shopping for bright-colored items at thrift stores, in order to stand out from her sisters.
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Over time, Spade distanced herself from the business. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Arizona State University in 1985. The two launched the company in 1993. Spade is survived by her husband, designer Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
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