Posted: June 05, 2018
By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
NEW YORK —
Spade is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and their daughter, Frances Beatrix. Andy Spade co-founded the popular handbags and accessories company in 1993.
Here are some things to know about Andy Spade.
Andy Spade met Kate Spade in the 1980s
Married in 1994, Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, met Kate Spade at Arizona State University in the mid-1980s. They moved to New York in 1986.
Andy Spade is a co-founder of Kate Spade New York
In 1993, Kate Spade and Andy Spade founded Kate Spade New York. The first shop opened in New York in 1996. The company now has more than 140 stores in the U.S. and more than 175 shops worldwide.
The Spades sold the company in 2007
In order to focus on their daughter, the couple turned the company over to what is now Kate Spade & Company.
Andy Spade started his own branding company in 2008
Partners & Spade, Andy Spade’s company, has worked with brands like J. Crew, Target, and Warby Parker. In 2013, he established the luxury pajamas company Sleepy Jones with Chad Buri and Anthony Sperduti. He also co-owns Half Gallery, an art space in New York.
In 2015, the Spades started another accessories company called Frances Valentine
“I feel like I’m an entrepreneur,” Andy Spade told CNBC in a 2015 interview. “And to me, starting things is really fun.” Frances Valentine is named after Kate Spade’s grandfathers.
“There were a lot of things we made up and we thought that wasn’t feeling right,” Andy Spade told WWD in 2015. “A person’s name felt like this thing that was part of us, that connection, something real.”
Kate Spade, the fashion designer who co-founded fashion design house Kate Spade New York, was found dead in New York in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement. She was 55 years old.
In 1993, Spade, then a former Mademoiselle magazine accessories editor, set out to make the perfect handbag. From there, her company only grew. The brand has more than 140 retail and outlet stores nationwide and more than 175 shops abroad.
Here are some things to know about Spade.
The first Kate Spade shop opened in 1996
In 1996, the first Kate Spade New York shop opened in New York. The first bag, a black, boxy waterproof handbag called the Sam tote, was sold in 1993.
Spade founded the company with her husband, Andy Spade
Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, co-founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. By 1999, they sold a majority stake of the brand to Neiman Marcus Group, which was later sold to Fifth & Pacific, formerly Liz Claiborne, in 2006. In 2014, Fifth & Pacific changed its name to Kate Spade & Company.
The Spades sold the company in 2007
“When we sold the company in 2007, it was really to focus on our family. It really was. It was a grind. I had just had a baby,” Spade told CNBC in a 2016 interview, referring to her daughter, Frances Beatrix.
“Creatively, I felt like we had completed our task,” Andy Spade said.
She founded another fashion company, Frances Valentine
Along with her husband, Spade created Frances Valentine, a new accessories company that sells shoes and handbags directly online and through some retailers. The accessories from the company are considered more mature than Kate Spade New York accessories. The company is named after Spade’s two grandfathers.
Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment, The Associated Press reported. She was 55.
Unidentified law enforcement sources told WCBS-TV that Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Officials told the AP that housekeeping staff found Spade hanging in her Manhattan apartment around 10:20 a.m. She had left a note, officials said.
Spade created a line of sleek handbags in 1993. Her company, Kate Spade New York, opened its first store in 1996 in New York City. The fashion brand has more than 140 retail and outlet stores nationwide and more than 175 shops abroad.
Officials with the brand confirmed Spade’s passing in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
“Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time,” the statement said. “We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”
Spade was born in 1962 as Katherine Brosnahan. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and dreamed of being a journalist, NPR reported in a 2017 episode of “How I Built This.” She studied at Arizona State University, where she met her future husband, Andy Spade. She graduated from the university in 1985 with a degree in journalism and, eight years later, launched Kate Spade, according to the New York Daily News.
Kate Spade told NPR that she set out to create the perfect handbag because at the time, “bags were too complicated.”
“We were doing something different, which was really to our advantage,” she said.
The Spades sold Kate Spade New York in 2007, according to CNBC.
Friends and fans took to social media to mourn the fashion maven.
“’I believed that I could, so I did,’” fashion designer Kenneth Cole wrote in a tweet remembering Spade. “She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP”
The death of New York fashion designer Kate Spade has rocked the celebrity and fashion world.
Spade was found dead in her New York apartment of an apparent suicide, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. She was 55.
Officials say she was found hanged inside her Park Avenue home by housekeeping staff around 10:20 a.m. They say she left a note at the scene.
Celebrities and fans are turning to Twitter to express their grief and sympathy.
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