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Kate Spade's family make first statement following designer's death

Kate Spade's family make first statement following designer's death

Spade, 55, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning; her death is being treated as an apparent suicide, police sources told ABC News.

But unlike her fellow designer, Scott did not leave a suicide note. Saffo told the paper she frequently visited her sister in NY and Napa, where Spade had a vacation home. Even though she will be best remembered for handbags, she also expanded her product line to include clothing, footwear and stationery.

The Spades sold a 56 per cent stake in the business to the Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and the remaining 44 per cent to the same buyers in 2006. Years later, after the birth of their daughter, they made a second foray into fashion, launching Frances Valentine, a handbag-and-shoe company, in 2015.

Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards.

Spade opened her eponymous brand in 1993 with her then-fiancé, Andy Spade.

"Her new brand "Frances Valentine" is one of my favorites".

Kate Spade's brother-in-law David Spade shared a throwback photo of sister-in-law Kate Spade on Twitter, honoring the fashion designer after her death Tuesday.

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She built the label into a global brand with handbags, which have become accessible status symbols for many, and a variety of other products.

Spade told National Public Radio (NPR) previous year that she first discussed starting a handbag company with Andy Spade while they ate at a Mexican restaurant in 1991.

The firm was bought out previous year by fellow NY designer Coach for a $2.4bn (£1.8bn).

Her husband and business partner Andy Spade was in the apartment at the time.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted: "My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college". Kate Spade is also the aunt of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan. Kate will be dearly missed.

The family's statement to the New York Daily News said, "We are all devastated by today's tragedy. Sending love to her family".

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). "Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart".


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