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Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:41 PM

Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City home of an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

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

They said she left a note at the scene. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The officials didn’t know what the note said.

Spade created a line of sleek handbags in the early 1990s that created a smash.

Spade was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold.

Spade was a former accessories editor at the now-closed Mademoiselle magazine before launching her design company in 1993. It began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewelry, bedding, legwear and fragrances.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought Kate Spade in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company’s quirky satchels and colorful tote bags.

The deal also turned Coach into a multibrand fashion house, a strategy that European counterparts such as Louis Vuitton have built their businesses on.

Kate Spade New York has over 140 retail stores across the United States and more than 175 shops internationally, according to the company's website.

The New York Police Department confirmed the designer's death under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

This report contains material from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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