Kate Spade, iconic fashion designer, was found dead in her New York City apartment this morning, June 5, of apparent suicide, according to multiple reports.
Lenox Corporation holds the license for Kate Spade tabletop and kitchenware. At press time, Lenox was unable to comment on the designer’s sudden death.
The designer, 55, co-founded Kate Spade New York in 1993, and completed the sale of the brand to Neiman Marcus in 2006. Neiman Marcus sold the Kate Spade business shortly thereafter to Liz Claiborne, which was subsequently renamed Kate Spade & Company. The lifestyle brand, acquired by Coach Inc. in 2017, operates more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 stores internationally. Kate Spade New York designs across multiple categories including handbags, clothes, jewelry, shoes and homewares.
Coach Inc. acquired the company for an estimated $2.4 billion and formed Tapestry Inc., which also includes Coach and Stuart Weitzman. Spade had since launched another brand, Frances Valentine, with husband Andy Spade.
“We at Kate Spade New York just learned of the incredibly sad news that Kate Spade has passed. Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time,” Kate Spade Group said in a statement.
Editor’s Note: This story was edited on June 7 to include a statement released by Kate Spade Group on designer Kate Spade’s passing.