Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade dies: “You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile”

Source: Women's Agenda

Tributes are flowing for Kate Spade, after the fashion designer was found dead in her Manhattan apartment overnight.

Spade was known for her bright accessories line and her distinct playing card symbol, as well as for designing clothes, jewellery, shoes and other items.

In 1993, she co-founded Kate Spade Handbags with her husband Andy Spade, opening a store in New York in 1996 and going on to create 300 branches across the world.

They sold the brand in 2007, and Kate went on to raise her daughter and later start a new brand, Frances Valentine.

Kate Spade store

She is a former editor of fashion magazine Mademoiselle, where she saw a gap in the market for sensible and stylish handbags.

Celebrities and well-known individuals are tweeting about their first Kate Spade handbags and what the designer meant to them. Chelsea Clinton tweeted that her grandmother gave her her first Kate Spade bag when she was in college.

Lena Dunham tweeted that Spade was a “staple of New York” and that she had spread much good will.

Mindy Kaling said she is “heartbroken” to learn the news, and had worn Kate Spade clothes many times. “They were colourful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkle person inside them’

Kate Spade was 55.

Police are not reporting any suspicious circumstances behind her death.

If you or someone you know is living with mental health issues, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

This article was first published by Women’s Agenda.

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