"My love is with her family and friends at this very sad time".
Excuse me while I wipe a few tears from my eyes. But they did confirm that Andy Spade had moved out of the family home and was seeking a divorce from his designer partner. "That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have". Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Spade leaves behind her husband of 24 years, Andy, and a daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. Soon after, she took his name as her own, both in marriage and in business. "Everybody had Kate Spade bags".
But the first few years were far from glamorous.
Spade catapulted to success after she and her husband launched a handbag line bearing her signature label in the 1990s.
She was married to her husband Andy, who she met while she was studying at Arizona State University.
"She did not receive the proper care for what I believed to be (and tried numerous times to get her help for) bipolar disorder", Reta Brosnahan Saffo said in a statement issued to WNBC. As she once put it, her mission was "timelessness" in the aesthetic of her bags. Police have not publicly released any information, but sources told the AP and other news outlets that she had been found hanged.
In 2006, Neiman Marcus sold the company on to Liz Claiborne, ending the Spades' considerable control over decisions, and in 2007 the couple sold their 44% to Claiborne, too, and walked away, leaving Kate Spade with no rights to "kate spade".
She did just that.
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade.
Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought the Kate Spade brand in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colorful tote bags.
While many remember Kate Spade for her fashion empire, the designer hoped it wouldn't be her only lasting legacy. She was at school when her mother was found on Tuesday morning.
Saffo, who is two years older than her famous sibling and lives in New Mexico, added that she'd flown to NY several times in the past three to four years in an attempt to convince Spade to seek in-patient hospitalization and that Andy Spade had supported those efforts.
She based her bags on six shapes she thought every working woman needed, calling them her "stepping stones". Long before we talked about "authenticity", she defined it.