Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead, police say

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According to the NYPD, at around 10.10 a.m. on Tuesday authorities were called to Spade's apartment by a housekeeper, who found Spade unresponsive. A police spokeswoman also confirmed to AFP that Kate Spade did commit suicide, but further mentioned how the exact circumstances of her death were not yet clear and they would investigate the matter.

One of the most iconic designs that people will recognise is the Sam handbag - a boxy tote that many people will tell you was their first Kate Spade bag. She was known to suffer from depression.

A woman walks by the Kate Spade store in New York's Soho neighborhood, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. "She was every bit the representation of that brand, and the fun of it all".

It was reported under her birth name, Katherine Noel Brosnahan.

A KC native, Spade graduated from St. Teresa's Academy. She went on to attend the University of Kansas, and switched to Arizona State University. She was of Irish descent. She moved to NY, where she got a job in the accessories department of Mademoiselle magazine. "Even my mother said I'd gotten cocky - and what the heck was I doing giving up a job with [health] insurance?" she told Forbes in 1998. The two had worked side-by-side as salespersons in a men's clothing store, Carter's Men Shop in Phoenix. It was a luxury brand that was accessible for many people - bags tend to cost around the £100-£300 mark, making them an investment but not something completely out of reach for some. They say she left a note at the scene. Generally, her handbags were stylish but not ostentatious.

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"Fuzzy picture but i love it", David, who is the brother of Kate's husband Andy, captioned a picture of himself with the famed fashion designer on Instagram. "Kate and I during Christmas family photos". It featured bedding, bath items, china, wallpaper and various items for the home. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".

Spade was co-founder and designer of Frances Valentine, a handbag and footwear brand that launched in February 2016. She most recently launched a new accessories label, Frances Valentine.

David Spade is remembering his late sister-in-law.

Some of those paying tribute to Spade recalled their first experience with the brand, once perceived to be a status-symbol.

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