Fashion designer, Kate Speed, commits suicide

Fashion designer Kate Spade

American fashion designer, Kate Spade, 55, has been found dead in her New York apartment.

She is said to have taken her own life, US media report.

Law enforcement sources confirm she was found at 10:20 am(ET) on Tuesday and pronounced dead at the scene.

A suicide note was found at the scene.

Kate got her start in the ’80s working for women’s magazine Mademoiselle in Manhattan when she moved in with Andy Spade – David Spade’s brother. She and Andy met in college while working at a clothing store.

Together, Kate and Andy launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, and it blossomed into a full-scale clothing and jewellery line. Kate and Andy got married in 1994.

Kate sold her company in 2007 and took some time off to raise her daughter – but got back in the game in 2016 by launching a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine named after her daughter.