Kate Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, took her own life, according to New York Police Department sources. "She has a brand loyalty like none I have ever seen", Hitha Herzog, chief research officer of H Squared Research, told ABC News. "Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time".
Spade, born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was best known for her namesake brand of high-end handbags that grew to incorporate other womenswear. She said she never had any regrets about selling Kate Spade New York and shared a humorous story about going into a Kate Spade store to purchase her daughter a gift.
And following speculation, it's now been confirmed that the renowned fashion genius - who leaves behind husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix - died from suicide.
Police sources say she left a suicide note, asking her young daughter not to blame herself. Andy is the brother of actor and comedian David Spade.
"The family is disgusted and saddened that at this time of great sorrow, Kate's sister who has been estranged from the entire family for more than 10 years would choose to surface with unsubstantiated comments", the insider told PEOPLE.
"There was a moment when you couldn't walk a block in NY without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement.
Where can I get help? He said that he had dinner with her a week before her death and that "she was still talking very much about the future and collaborating with Andy on projects for Frances Valentine".
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"She was always giving and charitable". The husband-and-wife duo parted ways with their successful company in 2007, after selling to Liz Claiborne Inc. Its name, like Kate Spade, held special significance.
She continued by email: "I will say this was not unexpected by me".
Celebrities and fashion elite reacted to her death with shock and sympathy on Tuesday.
"We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how", Andy Spade said. "We would talk a lot about it and end up laughing", she said.
"I think there was a plan even as far back as then", Saffo said.
"Do you know the meaning of privacy?" he snapped as he climbed into the SUV.