A shock death in the fashion world with Kate Spade, who rose to fame with her line of designer handbags, found dead in her New York apartment.
Authorities are treating the death as an apparent suicide, the New York Times reported, citing an NYPD official.
It's believed a housekeeper found her body and she had left a note. Spade was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.62am (12.26am Wednesday AEST).
Kate and her husband, Andy Spade, the brother of actor David Spade, started their namesake label back in 1993 which grew into a worldwide juggernaut. As of 2018, Kate's net worth was $150 million.
kate spade new york has also issued a statement in response to their founder's death:
We at kate spade new york just learned of the incredibly sad news that Kate Spade has passed. Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.
Tributes have been flowing in for the fashion designer on social media, with many woman sharing memories of their first Kate Spade purchase.
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