Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide her Manhattan apartment, according to NY law enforcement officials. She was 55. Spade’s body was discovered by her housekeeper at her Upper East Side apartment. The Associated Press reported that Spade left a note and was found with a red scarf around her neck attached to a doorknob. Spade, a world-famous designer, launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 with her husband Andy Spade and opened her first store in New York City in 1996. Spade is the sister-in-law of actor David Spade. Spade sold her company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc. In 2017, Coach bought the brand for $2.4 billion. In 2016, she launched a new shoes and handbag line called Frances Valentine, named after her daughter. Spade is survived by her husband Andy and their daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, 13.
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