The fashion world suffered a tragic loss on June 5th, 2018 when iconic designer Kate Spade, 55, was found deceased in her Manhattan apartment from an apparent suicide. Her housekeeper found the famed designer shortly after 10 o’clock in the morning.

Spade was the founder of Kate Spade New York, launching the company in 1993, opening her first shop in 1996. Before making the switch to designing, Spade was he senior fashion editor at ‘Mademoiselle’ magazine.

Best known for its colourful handbags, Kate Spade New York has more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States and more than 175 stores internationally. From eye-catching earrings to eclectic handbags, the collection is treasured by fans all over the world and remains a symbol of iconic fashion.

“Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand,” said the company in a press release. “Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”

Fans around the globe mourn for the fashion icon and will remember Kate Spade for her brilliant designs.

“I remember someone once said there is a practical aspect to my designs, and I remember thinking, ‘That doesn’t sound so creative,’ but that is actually the truth. There is a practicality to it. I don’t design just to design. There is a reason and, hopefully, an interesting reason behind it – that is where my creativity comes in.” – Kate Spade.