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Who was Kate Spade?

Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018) was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. She was the founder and co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

Fans rip Ulta Beauty for shocking email about Kate Spade’s suicide

Ulta Beauty is attempting to makeup with fans after ugly backlash over its latest “tone-deaf” email promotion.

The cosmetics mega company sent out an email for a Kate Spade perfume on Sunday that unintentionally alluded to the designer’s suicide. Ulta’s message to customers read “Come hang with Kate Spade” alongside a sale for its beauty products.

Spade died by suicide when she hanged herself in 2018. She was 55.

The beauty behemoth apologized in a statement to The Post on Monday.

“Ulta Beauty recently sent an email featuring Kate Spade New York fragrance with an insensitive subject line and for this, we sincerely apologize,” the rep said.

“Mental health is a very serious, important issue in this country, and not something we would ever take lightly. We apologize to the Spade family, our Kate Spade New York brand partners and to our guests. Thank you for understanding as we strive to do better.”

Kate Spade Biography, Wiki

Kate Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1962. She majored in journalism at Arizona State University (ASU), where she met her future husband, architect Andy Spade.

After college, she worked in the accessories and art departments of Mademoiselle, eventually becoming senior fashion editor and head of accessories.

In 1991, she left Mademoiselle to start a line of stylish and sensible handbags, and Andy and Kate launched the design company “kate spade handbags” in 1993.

Today, Kate Spade also sells stationery, personal organizers, address books, shoes, beauty products, perfume, raincoats, pajamas, eyewear, and a home collection of bedding, bath items, china, and wallpaper.

The company, now owned by Neiman Marcus, reports annual sales of around $200 million. It has won numerous fashion awards.

Kate Spade Biography Wikipedia
Kate Spade
BornKatherine Noel Brosnahan
December 24, 1962
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJune 5, 2018 (aged 55)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide
Other namesKate Valentine
EducationUniversity of Kansas
Arizona State University
OccupationFashion designer, businesswoman
Years active1985–2018
Known forKate Spade New York
Frances Valentine
Spouse(s)Andy Spade ​(m. 1994)​
Children1
RelativesRachel Brosnahan (niece)
David Spade (brother-in-law)

Kate Spade Career

In 1986, Kate Spade found work in the accessories department of Mademoiselle in Manhattan. She was then known by her maiden name Kate Brosnahan. While at Mademoiselle, she moved in with Andy Spade, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona.

At Mademoiselle, Spade’s talent was acknowledged as she grew from being a mere designer to senior fashion editor and eventually head of accessories. While working at Mademoiselle, Spade soon realized the dearth of stylish yet sensible handbags in market.

Handbag, until then, was not an explored genre of accessories and there was a lack of fashion sense being applied to them. They were plain and simple keeps for holding necessities while at go.

With an earnest desire to start up an entrepreneurship to give her creative energies a new direction, Spade left Mademoiselle in 1991. She decided to create her own range of stylish and chic handbags. Together with Andy Spade, she was a team, both professionally and personally.

Debuting with just six silhouettes, Kate Spade launched her own brand of handbags. What made her handbags distinct from those in the market was their modern yet stylish approach. They were sleek with bouts of colour and available in utilitarian shapes.

In 1996, with increasing demand, ‘Kate Spade Handbags’ was born in a plush area in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district. The first boutique, a 400-square-foot shop, was a hit in the fashion circle. Eventually, she moved its headquarters into a 10,000-square-foot space in West 25th Street.

As the name implies, Kate Spade Handbags initially sold only handbags. However, with the increasing demand, they extended their product range to clothing, jewellery, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby items, fragrances, and so on. In 2004, ‘Kate Spade At Home’ was launched as a home collection brand. It featured bedding, bath items, tabletops, wallpaper and various items for the home.

In 1999, Neiman Marcus Group purchased 56% stake in the Kate Spate brand. to the Neiman Marcus Group. Until then, the brand worked primarily from its boutique stores. After its partnership with Neiman Marcus group, the brand grew at a rapid pace and started selling its products through high-end stores like Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue.

In 2004, the brand crossed its geographical boundaries and went international by opening a store in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan. In the same year, ‘Kate Spade At Home’ was launched as a home collection brand. It featured bedding, bath items, tabletops, wallpaper and various items for the home.

Despite selling 56% stake to Marcus Group, Spade continued to remain active in the brand that she had built. She overlooked at its creative output and was extremely conscious of its product line-up. Alongside her fashion chain, in 2004, Spade came up with three books in which she shared her personal style and philosophies.

In 2006, Spade sold the remaining 44% of her stake to Neiman Marcus Group and took time off to raise her son. The Group then sold the Kate Spade label for a whooping $124 million to Liz Claiborne Inc., which was later renamed to Fifth & Pacific.

Around the same time that Spade gave away her label, she, together with her husband, invested in Plum TV, a small television network that broadcasts in the elite vacation spots: the Hamptons, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.In February 2014, Fifth & Pacific changed its name to Kate Spade & Company. Craig A. Leavitt became the new CEO, succeeding William McComb.

Today, Kate Spade New York has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States and more than 175 shops internationally. Their products are sold in more than 450 stores worldwide.

In 2016, Spades along with their long-time friends, Elyce Arons and shoe designer Paola Venturi, launched a new brand called Frances Valentine, a collection of luxury footwear and handbags. The names Frances and Valentine are from her family members and she added the two names to her own legal name.

Kate Spade Personal Life

Spade married Andy Spade, the brother of actor/comedian David Spade, in 1994. While not legally separated, the couple had begun living apart a few months before her death.

The couple had one child born in 2005.

Actress Rachel Brosnahan is Spade’s niece.

Kate Spade FAQ’s

Who was Kate Spade?

Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018) was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. She was the founder and co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

How old was Kate Spade?

Kate Spade died at 56 years old.

How did Kate Spade die?

On 5 June 2018, Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment by her maid. She had committed suicide by hanging herself.

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