Kate Spade was an American fashion designer and business woman. She was best known as the co-owner of designer brand ‘Kate Spade New york’. She also started her own line of handbags and footwear, called Frances Valentine. Her brand is famous for its sophistication and charm. Unfortunately, she was found dead in her New York apartment from an apparent suicide on June 5, 2018.
About Kate Spade
Early lifeKate Spade was born as Katherine Noel Brosnahan on December 24, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was of Irish descent. Talking about her education, Spade attended St. Teresa’s Academy, Catholic high school. Later she went on to attend, University of Kansas and thereafter she enrolled to Arizona State University and gained a graduation degree in field of journalism in year 1985.
Career Kate Spade launched her career in fashion, when she opened a boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan; it was her own brand of handbags. Her handbags were unique because of their modern, sleek look, pops of color and shapes. Her husband became her partner, and, over the years, their business expanded internationally. As per the name, Kate Spade Handbags initially sold only handbags. However with the increasing demand, they extended their product range to clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby items, fragrances, and so on. In 2004, ‘Kate Spade At Home’ was launched as a home collection brand. It featured many items bedding, bath items, tabletops, wallpaper etc. Kate also launched a new brand called Frances Valentine, a collection of luxury footwear and handbags. The names Frances and Valentine are from her family members.
Personal LifeBefore marriage Kate Spade was Kate Brosnahan, she met her husband Andy Spade in college in year 1983, first they completed their education together, and later they also worked together, Love blossomed among them and they finally tied the wedding knot in 1994. They also have a daughter together, who was born in 2005 and named Frances Beatrix Spade.
In year 2018, unfortunately, Kate Spade was found dead her in apartment in Manhattan; she hanged herself and committed suicide.
Net worthAccording to media resources, Kate Spade’snet worth was estimated to be somewhere near $200 million, at the time of her death. She had made quite from her fashion empire.