Officials: Designer Kate Spade Found Dead

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:39am
Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:35pm

Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found dead bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said.

The 55-year-old had many Arizona connections.

She was a graduate of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and began her fashion career in the Valley. 

Spade met her husband, Andy, at Carter’s Men Shop in Phoenix.

They talked about the experience on the NPR podcast “How I Built This” in 2017.

The Spades were hired by Mike Carter, who still owns the shop located near Camelback Road. Carter said Tuesday her death came as a complete shock and that he is “heartbroken” by the news.

The company she founded, Kate Spade New York, now has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.

Julia Curry, a spokeswoman for the company, said that "Kate will be dearly missed" and "our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time."

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