Designer Kate Spade Found Dead In Her Park Avenue Apartment

American designer Kate Spade, 55, was found dead this week in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeper. It appears that she hung herself with a red scarf tied to her doorknob.

According to The New York Times, Kate’s husband was at the scene. A police spokesman did not know the whereabouts of her 13-year-old daughter.

As The Times reports, “Kate built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made women smile, her cheerful lack of restraint and bright prints striking a chord with consumers. She herself was the embodiment of her aesthetic, with her proto-1960s bouffant, nerd glasses and kooky grin, which masked a business mind that saw the opportunities in becoming a lifestyle brand, almost before the term officially existed.”

Kate was the accessories editor of Mademoiselle magazine before founding Kate Spade with her husband Andy and friend Elyce Arons in 1993.

Read more at The NYT. 

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