Kate Spade’s Father Breaks Silence On Designer’s Tragic Death

Kate Spade’s Father Breaks Silence On Designer’s Tragic Death

World-renowned designer Kate Spade was found dead at her Manhattan apartment after an apparent suicide by hanging on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, dealing the fashion world a devastating blow.

"Well, I don't know what happened", her father said while recalling a phone conversation they had the night before she died. She was honored twice by the Council of Fashion Designers of America throughout a career marked by cheerful colors and peppy patterns.

"We are all devastated by today's tragedy", the Spade family said in a statement provided to The New York Times.

"We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly", a statement read. "We're a large family and all close".

Spade was born and raised Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, graduating from St Teresa's Academy, and then attending the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University.

While much has been made of the paradox of the high-profile fashion designer's personal struggles and the upbeat nature of her merchandise, a far more constructive narrative out of Spade's death is the continued danger of the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Also speaking out about the tragedy was actor and comedian David Spade, who is Andy Spade's brother.

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Kate Spade's husband has spoken out for the first time since his wife's death by suicide. The husband-and-wife duo parted ways with their successful company in 2007, after selling to Liz Claiborne Inc.

Kate Spade's death has officially been confirmed as suicide by the Medical Examiner's Office in New York City. She was 55 years old and had a 13-year-old daughter.

The shoe line called "Bella" is described on the Frances Valentine website as being crafted in Italy "from Italian cuoio leather" with the brands' "signature Frances Valentine" jeweled heel.

The couple had one child, Frances Beatrix Spade. The company later expanded to sell clothing, accessories and household items. "Frances" is a family name on Spade's paternal side, she once told WWD, and "Valentine" was her grandfather's middle name.

Saffo anxious that the brand's image was "more important" for Spade so she would not enter treatment for fear it would tarnish the "happy-go-lucky" vision. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said.

"There was a moment when you couldn't walk a block in NY without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement.

For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's website.

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