Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade was an American fashion designer and business owner. She was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan on December 24, 1962, and died on June 5, 2018. She started the designer brand Kate Spade New York and was one of its owners.
Kate Spade: Early Life
Katherine Noel Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents, June (Mullen) and Frank (Frank) Brosnahan, ran a road-building business. She mostly came from Ireland.
After graduating from the all-girls Catholic high school St. Teresa's Academy, Spade went to the University of Kansas. She moved on to Arizona State University after that. She joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and got a degree in journalism in 1985.
She thought she would work in TV production, but she never did. While in college, she worked in sales at a men's clothing store in Phoenix called Carter's Men Shop. Her coworker was Andy Spade, who later became her husband and business partner.
Kate Spade's Career
Kate Spade has more than 175 stores worldwide, with 140 in the United States alone. She was best known for her classic and cutesy brand with her name on it. Neiman Marcus bought 56% of the company from her for $33.6 million in 1999.
In 2006, the company was sold for real. Even after the company was sold, celebrities still liked it a lot. Kate Middleton wore a well-known Kate Spade dress on World Mental Health Day, which helped spread the brand's name.
In 2017, she and her husband, Andy Spade, started a line of accessories called Frances Valentine. Even though the brand looked a lot like Kate Spade, they had to change the shoes and handbags because of the law. In May 2017, Coach, Inc. paid $2.4 billion to buy the company.
Kate Spade's Personal Life
She got married to Andy Spade, who is the brother of actor David Spade, in 1994. Frances Beatrix Spade, born in February 2005, is their only child. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Mrs. Maisel on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is Spade's niece and an actress.
What is the Reason Behind Kate's Death?
The New York Daily News heard from police sources that Spade had killed herself by hanging herself. Around 10:20 a.m. ET on Tuesday, a housekeeper found her in her home. Someone found a note in the house that said the person had killed themselves. Kate Spade, New York, said in a statement that the news was accurate.
“Kate hasn't worked for the brand in more than ten years, but she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, started our beloved brand,” the statement said, according to CNN. “We will miss Kate very much. At this time, our thoughts are with Andy and the rest of the Spade family.”
Reports say that Spade's suicide note told her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, that it wasn't her fault that her mother killed herself. Page Six says that NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has confirmed that no crime is thought to have been done.
“At this time, a note was left. The contents of the note, as well as the way the apartment looked and what the witness said, support the idea that it looks like a suicide,” he said.