Working with her husband Andy Spade, (his brother is actor David Spade) Kate Spade New York, began as a handbag line in 1993, but then expanded to clothing and accessories. Although she sold the line in 2007, she came back in 2016 and launched a line Frances Valentine, named after her daughter. Kate Spade New York is known for its bright colors, happy and positive slogans, and classic styles.
Spade was found with a suicide note, according to TMZ sources, addressed to Frances, 13, with the message,"Bea - I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!"
Kate Spade New York's Twitter account wrote "Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world."
Stars such as Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, took to their social media accounts to mourn the beloved designer and bring light to the topic of mental health and suicide awareness. Some celebrities even revealed when they purchased their first Kate Spade handbag.
Check out the tweets below.
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn't walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
my heart is so broken hearing the news of Kate Spade. i grew up rocking her dresses and clothing and feeling SO strong, confident, and beautiful. thank you for your timeless work and empowering so many. my heart and prayers are with Kate and her loved ones. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NXrzcKiWqy
My heart is reeling for Kate Spade's family. Suicide leaves many gaping wounds & unanswered questions. My sweet fans: If you struggle with depression & suicidal thoughts, KNOW this: I LOVE YOU YOU have worth YOU are NOT alone National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Kate Spade was more than a designer. She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will. My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful.
#KateSpade, whose lively, colorful, and yes, joyous designs has died. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends, and her many fans around the world, who loved the wonderful illusions she created. I am stunned.
I'm so very sad to hear about Kate Spade. I still remember buying a Kate Spade bag in New York and the glee it gave me. I hope she knew how happy she made so many people with her wonderful designs. RIP