Kate Spade: Ivanka Trump, others react to designer's tragic death

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NY apartment overnight, reportedly dying by suicide.

The officials said housekeeping staff found Spade, 55, her hanging in her Park Avenue apartment at about 10:20 a.m.

Spade is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, whom she Wednesday in 1994, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances.

Officials on the scene said they could not give more detail while the investigation is still ongoing.

The officials said she was found with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob.

The designer and businesswoman has been a well-known name in the fashion world since she launched the eponymous handbag brand with her husband, Andy Spade, in 1993. The brand now has 140 stores in the United States and an additional 175 retail outlets around the world.

Kate and Andy Spade sold majority stake in their company to Neiman Marcus in 1999, and the remaining shares in 2006 for a combined $93 million. In 2017, Coach bought the brand for $2.4 billion United States dollars.

Spade, then known as Kate Brosnahan, and future husband Andy Spade were on a trip to Provincetown visiting friends in 1993 when the pair made a decision to name their company Kate Spade, combining her first name and his last name.

Ms Spade leaves behind her husband of 24 years Andy Spade and daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.

"Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos", David captioned the photo.

Shortly after learning of Kate's suicide on Tuesday, Cole offered up his thoughts in a cryptic tweet, which many found insensitive.

Kate Spade is the second high-profile fashion designer to commit suicide in NY following the death of L'Wren Scott four years ago. In the meantime, we send out condolences to her family. In 2016, they founded Frances Valentine, a luxury brand of women's shoes and accessories that maintains a similar aesthetic and message.

Celebrities and designers reacted with shock and sadness Tuesday after news broke that Kate Spade has died at 55.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Condé Nast before noticing a gap in the market for clean, simple, modern handbags, she said in a January interview with NPR.

  • Kyle Peterson