Designer Kate Spade, 55, found dead in apparent suicide

Kate Spade 
Fashion designer Kate Spade has died in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials. As reported by the Associated Press, she was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday morning. She was 55. 
According to officials, a housekeeper found Spade, whose real name is Kate Brosnahan, hanging in her Park Avenue apartment. A note was reportedly found at the scene, but officials did not reveal any further details.
Spade is widely known for her eponymous brand, which she founded with her husband, Andy Spade, in the 1990s. The couple, who married in 1994, have a 13-year-old daughter, Francis Beatrix Spade.
Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Conde Nast before noticing a market gap for clean, simple, modern handbags, according to a January interview she did with NPR. After three years of not turning a profit, the brand received an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1996, and the whimsical, colorful creations were suddenly must-have items. 
The company was sold to Coach for $2.4 billion in 2017, and she subsequently launched another fashion brand, Frances Valentine, which specializes in handbags and shoes. 

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