Brad Goreski Pays Tribute to Kate Spade After Her Death

Tom Healy, Kate Spade and Andy Spade attend the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Annual Downtown Dinner at Cipriani 55 Wall Street May 4, 2006 in NY.

The carefree, poppy designs captured the imagination of women worldwide - but would become an albatross around Spade's neck, as she struggled with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, Saffo said.

Kate Spade, 55, was found in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeping staff, they reported. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"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.

"We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly", they said in a statement Tuesday. "We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very hard time". She called them her "stepping stones" - and said years later that they were still her favorites. The scarf had been affixed to the doorknob of her bedroom closet. "Kate loved her daughter so much, but clearly couldn't endure the pain any longer". Per the spokesperson, a medical examiner will determine if an autopsy is needed.

Ms. Arons, who worked with both Mr. and Ms. Spade during the period they were separating, said they continued to work well together.

The Kate Spade store in Boston.

Born Katherine Brosnahan, Spade grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Grown Ups star's brother Andy became a widower on Tuesday, when Kate was found dead at their New York City apartment. Saffo said, adding, "One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least". "For our customers, fashion is in the right place in their life". "It's an adornment, not an obsession". It's a short piece summarizing Spade's career as a fashion designer, with no mention of any self-destruction. The paper then asked if they could speak to Saffo by phone about her late sister, but she replied that she had taken a sedative and preferred to communicate via email.

On Wednesday, the brand tweeted: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and founder, Kate Valentine Spade, who will remain in our hearts forever".

Kate, who was married to Andy Spade, left behind a 13-year-old daughter.

When Kate reemerged into the fashion world in 2016, she did so in pure Kate Spade style, by launching a high-end line of shoes and handbags named after her family: Frances Valentine. "She was a trailblazer".

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