The fashion industry has lost one of its most iconic supplementaries decorators in Kate Spade. The businesswoman, born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning. She was 55.
Throughout its first year, Spade’s name became one of the most recognizablein fashion. The Kansas City native got her collaborate and work as an accessories writer at Mademoiselle magazine in New York, its own position she propped from 1986 to 1993. After seeing herself birthed with the handbags she was seeing regularly, she decided to leave the publication todesign her own accumulation.
That’s how Kate Spade New York was born.
With the help of her boyfriend Andy Spade, whom she married in 1994, Spade propelled a debut collection boasting six different pocket silhouettes. According to the brand’s website, the luggage “combined sleek, utilitarian figures and colorful palettes in an completely new room.”
Spade wanted to create the perfect handbag that would be “timeless” and “more personal, less serious” than the high-end handbags available at the time, she told The Boston Globe in 1999.