One of CNN’s NYPD sources has confirmed that Kate Brosnahan Spade, commonly known as Kate Spade of the Kate Spade brand, hung herself with a scarf in an apparent suicide at her New York City apartment Tuesday morning.

The designer is said to have left a suicide note behind, and was discovered by her housekeeper, who called the NYPD at 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Kate is survived by her Husband, Andy Spade, brother of noted comedian and actor David Spade, and her thirteen year old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, who is the namesake for the couple’s new business venture ‘Frances Valentine’.

The company, founded by the late designer and her husband has just released a statement –

“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 had begun her career working for Mademoiselle, which was a popular women’s magazine at the time.

She later went on to met her husband, Andy Spade—whom she married in 1994 —while the two worked at the same clothing store while Kate attended college at Arizona State University, where she pursued a degree in journalism.

Social Media platforms such as Twitter have been flooded with condolence messages from young women, who are taking this opportunity to  share stories of how Kate Spade bags and accessories have been a part of their life journey.


If you, or a friend is struggling with mental health and/or depression – please seek help. In the immortal words of one of the most iconic designers of our time, ‘Be happy. Be bright. Be you.’