Kate Spade 1962 - 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

I am very sad to read tonight that the New York fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead aged 55 from an apparent suicide by hanging.

As I have said time and time again both on this blog and on social media it just goes to show that no matter your background, career or wealth you are not exempt from mental illness.

According to reports the designer was discovered today (June 5th 2018) at her New York apartment by her house keeper.

Spade co-founded 'Kate Spade Handbags' with her husband Andy in 1993 and opened it's first store in New York in 1996. The company now has 300 stores worldwide. The designer also designed shoes, clothes and jewellery.

She sold her namesake company in 2017 for $2.4bn to rival New York designer Coach and set up another venture with her husband, 'Frances Valentine' named after her daughter. She then legally changed her name to 'Kate Valentine' in order to 'separate the two worlds'.

The New York Police Department confirmed the 55 year old designers death and that a note had been left but did not disclose its contents.

Tributes have since been pouring in online.

If you are having suicidal thoughts then please don not suffer alone. There is always someone to help.

If you do not wish to talk to a loved one please see the links to the numerous wonderful mental health charities who are there round the clock to help.

Its OK not to be OK.


UK - 116 123
ROI - 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org (UK)
Email: jo@samaritans.ie (ROI)

Website: samaritans.org


Call - 0300 123 3393
Text - 86463
Email - info@mind.org.uk

Website: mind.org.uk

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