The Associated Press reported Spade was found with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob. Back in the '90s, it seemed that everyone who worked in the admissions office at New York University had a black Kate Spade purse - everyone except her.
Designer Kate Spade found dead in apparent suicide Spade's handbag line is loved by a generation of American women who grew up in the 90's alongside Spade's brand, which evolved into a fashion and lifestyle empire. In 1999 she and her partners sold 56% of the business to Neiman Marcus for $34 million, before offloading the remainder in 2006 for $59 million.
"I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I love this pic of her", he said.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America in a statement called Spade "a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories".
"Her new brand "Frances Valentine" is one of my favorites".
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Spade, an iconic fashion designer particularly known for her handbags, was 55 at the time of her death.
Spade, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, was known for her designs focused on working class women.
The famous designer commits suicide and leaves a 13 year old daughter.
The firm was bought out previous year by fellow NY designer Coach for a $2.4bn (£1.8bn). She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993, based on six shapes of bags she thought every working woman needed.
"We are all devastated by today's tragedy", Kate's family said in a statement.
On social media, prominent figures mourned Spade's passing.
Chelsea Clinton wrote that it was her "first grownup bag" and said that she got it as a gift from her grandmother. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations. In the meantime, we send out condolences to her family. "Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart". "You see someone who kind of made a career off of making people smile", she said.
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