Kate Valentine, who is known in the professional World as Kate Spade, was found dead in New York on Tuesday i.e., June 5, 2018. She was one of the biggest names in American fashion industry, is known for her sleek handbags. She hanged herself in her Park Avenue apartment in New York.
She co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 with husband Andy Spade
As per the police officials, the designer was found by her housekeeper who had arrived at the apartment in Manhattan to find her "unresponsive". A police spokeswoman also confirmed that Spade committed suicide but told that the exact circumstances of her death were not yet clear.
In 1986, Spade started working in the accessories department at Mademoiselle in Manhattan, where she was credited in the magazine's masthead by her maiden name, as Katy Brosnahan.
She left Mademoiselle in 1991, with the title of senior fashion editor/head of accessories. While working for Mademoiselle, she had noticed that the market lacked stylish and sensible handbags, and decided to create her own and so, Kate and Andy Spade launched the New York based design company "Kate Spade handbags" in January 1993.
The company initially sold handbags only, but soon extended to clothing, jewellery, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby items, fragrances, tabletop and gifts.