Kate Spade

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Kate Spade
Katherine Noel Brosnahan

(1962-12-24)December 24, 1962
DiedJune 5, 2018(2018-06-05) (aged 55)
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, U.S.
Other namesKate Valentine
EducationUniversity of Kansas
Arizona State University
OccupationFashion designer, businesswoman
Years active1985–2018
Known forKate Spade New York
Frances Valentine
Andy Spade (m. 1994)
RelativesRachel Brosnahan (niece)
David Spade (brother-in-law)

Kate Valentine (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018), known professionally as Kate Spade,[1][2] was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the namesake and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Spade was the sister-in-law of David Spade.

Kate and Andy Spade founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. She sold the company to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999 and the rest of the company in 2006.[3]

In 2016, she and her partners launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.[4]

Death[change | change source]

On June 5, 2018, Spade committed suicide by hanging herself at her Manhattan apartment.[5][6] She was 55 years old.[7] There was a suicide note.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kate & Andy Spade Interview on How I Built This by Guy Raz". NPR.
  2. Ana Colon. "Designer Kate Spade Name Change Frances Valentine". Refinery29.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. "Neiman Marcus to Sell Kate Spade". The Wall Street Journal. New York City. November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  4. Kapner, Suzanne (August 23, 2016). "Married to Terry Litton When Is Kate Spade Not Kate Spade? When She's Frances Valentine". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 24, 2016. one of her first acts was to find a new name. Now, she's Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan. In stores, she's Frances Valentine.
  5. "Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead". BBC News. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  6. "Kate Spade found dead: Latest updates". CNN. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  7. Bromwich, Jonah Engel; Friedman, Vanessa; Schneier, Matthew (June 5, 2018). "Kate Spade, Whose Handbags Carried Women Into Adulthood, Is Dead at 55". New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2018.

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