Kate Spade: The Designer And Her Journey To Success

One of those leaving a tribute was Ivanka Trump, who posted a touching tribute to Kate on her Instagram page.

In an e-mail her older sister, Reta Saffo, said she believed Spade suffered from bipolar disorder, writing, "It finally took its toll on her".

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The sister said she tried to get help for Spade in a mental health facility.

Kate Spade speaks to the crowd during an event at Hall's on Grand at Crown Center Plaza on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Kansas City, Mo. "She is a little shaken, especially with trauma such as this". "Her statements paint a picture of someone who didn't know her at all".

Spade hasn't been associated with her namesake brand for more than a decade, but the company shared their condolences on its official website and social media accounts Tuesday.

From the original boxy handbags, she expanded into shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and three books.

"That seemed to make her more comfortable, and we'd get sooo close to packing her bags, but - in the end, the "image" of her brand (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was more important for her to keep up". The brand had never disclosed its profits, however in the 2 years since its launch, it has not gained quite as much steam as her first label.

Meanwhile, Spade and her husband - brother of comedian David Spade - started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine.

Together, Andy and Kate founded the Kate Spade brand, which rose to prominence in the '90s with its vibrant line of handbags. "But she'd go on to build this incredible empire". "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; colourful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement.

"This was someone that really valued her private life and I don't think Kate could live in the cruel world that we live in today". "Sometimes you simply can not SAVE people from themselves!" she wrote.

The legendary designer reportedly left a suicide note near her body, which was addressed to the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix. Long before we talked about "authenticity", she defined it.

For those suffering from depression or contemplating suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.