Katherine Brosnahan, 55, who co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, has died.
According to law enforcement officials, she was found dead of in her Park Avenue apartment in New York on Tuesday, June 5 at 10:20 a.m. ET by her housekeeper. Kate Spade sold the handbag company in 2007 and in 2017, Coach bought the company in $2.4B deal.
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She founded the brand with her husband, Andy Spade, who’s the brother of actor David Spade. In 2016, the husband-wife duo launched a new handbags and shoes venture, Frances Valentine. She is survived by her husband Andy, 55, and their one daughter, Frances Beatrix.
According to CNN, she “hanged herself with a scarf in an apparent suicide Tuesday at a New York City apartment, according to a New York Police Department source,” and left a note.