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Kate Spade, whose handbags were essential accessories for urban women, dies at 55

By Washington Post on Jun 5, 2018 at 3:03 p.m.

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American designer Kate Spade in New York in 1999. Spade was found dead at her apartment in New York on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, according to police officials. The police said that Spade, 55, was discovered unresponsive at a Park Avenue apartment, where she had hanged herself. Spade, one of the first of a powerful wave of female American contemporary designers in the 1990’s, built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made women smile. (Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times/Copyright 2018)

Kate Spade was found and pronounced dead in her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday, the New York Police Department confirmed. The fashion designer was 55.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that it was an apparent suicide and that housekeeping staff found Spade hanging in the apartment at around 10:20 a.m. She left a note and her husband was at the scene, police confirmed to The Washington Post.

Police added that the investigation is ongoing and had no further comment. A representative for Spade said she did not have a statement at this time.

Spade became synonymous with the popular fashion brand that bore her name. Together with soon-to-be-husband Andy Spade, she founded the Kate Spade label in 1993 as a collection of handbags and accessories. It eventually became known for its bold color palette and functional products, including stationery, beauty products and eyewear.

The first Kate Spade shop in New York opened in 1996. Three years later, the couple sold a large stake of Kate Spade to Neiman Marcus, which later aquired the remaining portion and sold it to Liz Claiborne in 2007. Both founders eventually left the brand, which is now a part of Tapestry, Inc., an accessible-luxury group that also owns Coach and Stuart Weitzman. There are more than 140 Kate Spade retail and outlet stores in the United States and more than 175 internationally.

"Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed," reads a statement from the Kate Spade New York label. "Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world."

Spade was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America twice: as "America's New Fashion Talent in Accessories" in 1996 and "Best Accessory Designer" in 1998. The CFDA tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the organization "is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spades's (sic) tragic passing. She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories."

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote in 2000 that the Kate Spade logo - the name written in serif font, now with a small spade - had "joined the status signature company of Gucci's double-Gs, Chanel's double-Cs and Louis Vuitton's LVs." Spade had told Forbes' Michelle Conlin two years prior that the look came about on the eve of her first trade show, when she impulsively removed the "kate spade new york" labels from the inside of her handbags and stitched them onto the outside.

Spade's overall vision was "to bring handbags back to what they had been in the 1950s and 1960s - elegant, classic and unpretentious complements to outfits, not bauble-festooned statements about their owner's affluence la Prada and Chanel," Conlin wrote. "She moved away from the expensive leather look and designed simple nylon totes, pink herringbone carryalls, velvet tiger-print shoppers and burlap satchels with raffia hula-skirt fringe. Priced at $100 to $400, Spade's bags weren't cheap, but they didn't cost $2,000 like some of the competition."

Vanity Fair wrote in a 2002 profile of the Spades that they had "built a $70 million business by knowing what they don't want to be - too luxe, too hip, too retro, too fashionable, too fast. In other words, they're having fun being exactly who they are."

Born Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, Spade graduated from Arizona State University in 1985 with a degree in journalism. She told the New York Times in 1999 that she wanted to be "behind the scenes, like in that movie 'Broadcast News.' Holly Hunter - her I wanted to be." Spade landed a job at Conde Nast in New York City as an assistant and eventually worked her way up to senior fashion editor at Mademoiselle, dealing with accessories for fashion shoots.

At the time, "bags were too complicated," Spade later recalled to NPR. "And I really loved very simple kind of architectural shapes. And I would wear these very simple shapes, none of which were famous designers. I mean, there were no names. If someone were to say, whose is that? I'd say, I don't know, I bought it at a vintage store or it's a straw bag I got in Mexico.

"They were all very square and simple," Spade said. "And I thought, gosh, I mean, why can't we find something just clean and simple and modern?"

She would soon quit her magazine job to join with Andy Spade in co-founding the fashion label, which combined both of their names. (She was still Kate Brosnahan at the time.)

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