Famous fashion designer Kate Spade found dead, aged 55

American fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York apartment.

It’s understood the 55-year-old was found by her housekeeper at her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side around 11am (1am AEST).

According to local media and police, she is believed to have taken her own life and left a note for her daughter at the scene.


“At this point, there was a note left. The contents of that note, as well as the physical state of the apartment and the comments of the witness, lend to the credibility that it is an apparent suicide,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters in the US.

Spade was best known for her signature handbags and bright accessories with which she built her fashion empire in 1993.

Kate Spade New York released a statement this morning confirming the sad news.

“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.”

Spade is survived by her husband Andy Spade and 13-year-old daughter.

Tributes for the handbag mogul have since flooded social media.

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