Stars react to 'tragic' death of Kate Spade

Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped

Kate Spade at the 2011 VH1 Vogue Fashion Show Birthday — Cropped

The death of Kate Spade on June 5 shocked the fashion industry after she was found by her housekeeper at her NY home, having hanged herself with a scarf she reportedly tied to a doorknob.

Fashion designer Kate Spade has died in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials. And, in 1993, they, along with a business partner, Elyce Arons, co-founded the namesake company Kate Spade New York.

Accessories designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NY apartment. And in 2006, they sold the remainder of their shares to Neiman Marcus, who then sold the company to Liz Claiborne Inc. for $124 million. She most recently launched a new accessories label, Frances Valentine.

"Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed", the statement read.

"I was looking for something that could be less serious, more personal", she said of her inspiration in a 1999 interview with the Boston Globe.

As the fashion world and beyond mourns Spade's death, people remember her for all her contributions throughout the metro.

While she designed lifestyle products, clothes, jewellery and shoes as well, she was best known for her handbags in cheery colours with whimsical designs.

The Kate Spade brand was acquired by Coach previous year amid sluggish sales at department stores. And just previous year, Coach announced that they're acquiring the brand for US$2.4 billion.

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Our thoughts are with Kate Spade's friends and family during this hard time. "My heart is just broken for her family and loved ones".

Kate Spade, a United States fashion designer, has died at the age of 55.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted that her "grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college".

"If there is an American accessories icon, it was Kate Spade", Melissa Hoyer wrote on hers. "You see someone who kind of made a career off of making people smile", she said.

"Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos", David, 54, wrote on Instagram.

Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon led the touching notes shared on social media, describing her as a "talented woman who will be dearly missed".

If you or someone you know needs help, call the U.S. Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, a free and 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources.