The news caught me off guard today.
Designer Kate Spade, found dead in her Manhattan apartment.
And the first thing I did was text my daughter, because I knew Kate Spade was her favorite. Then I wished I hadn't texted, when I found out more about what happened. Because I knew that would make her even sadder.
There are multiple reports that the 55-year-old hanged herself with a scarf on a bedroom doorknob and left a note. Her housekeeper reportedly found the designer's body this morning inside 850 Park Avenue.
Spade burst onto the design scene in the early 90s with handbags and eventually expanded her empire to include bedding, china, wallpaper and shoes.
I'm not even sure I can list all the Kate Spade things I've bought (and I'm far from a fashionista)-
Sheets. Phone covers. Key chain. A teapot for a wedding gift.
All bought because of a look, a name, and because I knew they would make someone happy (even if that someone was me).
Her apparent suicide is again bringing the issue of depression to the forefront, along with information on how to get help-
On the Kate Spade news, a reminder...for those of you feeling like the world is hopeless and no one is listening please remember, you're loved and needed, and there's help out there.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 5, 2018
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Incredibly saddened by Kate Spade’s tragic suicide at only 55. Depression is a life threatening illness just like heart disease, cancer, or sepsis. There should be no stigma about mental health—only treatment, awareness, and compassion.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 5, 2018
RIP Kate Spade. Your brand brought me much delight, even amid bouts of depression. I so wanted to be THAT Kate Spade kinda girl living that carefree, colorful life full w/joyful jaunts, witty bon mots, easy elegance, loveliness & laughter. I guess you did too. Rest In Peace now pic.twitter.com/tYLx56iAOk— Juliette Yancey (@JulietteYancey) June 5, 2018
Horrible news this morning. Thanks for giving us so much beauty and encouragement Kate Spade 💛 pic.twitter.com/m3kKIHRcId— MelLissa (@MelLBeezzy) June 5, 2018