The fashion community was rocked this week, when news of the untimely death of designer Kate Spade surfaced. In what is being reported as an apparent suicide, the 55-year-old was found dead at her apartment after allegedly using a scarf tied to a doorknob to hang herself. She leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter and a husband. Now details have emerged of Spade's mental state leading up to her death.
According to TMZ, Kate and her husband Andy separated. Andy wasn't in the building at the time of her suicide, as he had already moved out and into another building in the same neighborhood. Andy told police officers that he wanted a divorce but his wife didn't, causing her to sink into depression and alcohol abuse.
Kate left behind a note addressed to her daughter, telling her it isn't her fault and to "ask Daddy!" Some are speculating that Kate was implying it was her husband's fault. Kate was found dead by her housekeeper at her Park Avenue apartment at around 10:00 a.m. in the morning on June 5, 2018 who contacted the police immediately.
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The designer first came to prominence in 1993 after starting the handbag company that aimed to make high-end designs accessible to the wider market. The range started out with six simple designs combining sleek, utilitarian shapes, and a variety of bold colors which would become synonymous with the Spade name. In 1999, Kate and Andy took a step back from the business, selling over half of it to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million. Then, in 2007, Liz Claiborne took over, buying it all in its entirety. Last year, fellow handbag brand Coach announced plans to purchase Kate Spade for an incredible $2.4 billion.
Celebrities flocked to Twitter to send their well wishes to Spade's family, while users the world-over told tales of what their Kate Spade handbags had meant to them. CNN White House Reporter Kate Bennett said her handbags were "quirky, fun timeless labels that everyone had to have."
Our thoughts go out to Kate's friends and family during this difficult time.