Stars react to 'tragic' death of Kate Spade

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Fashion designer Kate Spade was discovered dead Tuesday in NY, police officials said.

The police is considering it as an apparent suicide incident, reports said. A police spokeswoman also confirmed to AFP that Kate Spade did commit suicide, but further mentioned how the exact circumstances of her death were not yet clear and they would investigate the matter.

Designer Kate Spade - shown here in 2004 with fellow fashion star Michael Kors - was found dead in her NY apartment. Spade and her husband - who is the brother of comedian David Spade - started a new handbag company recently, Frances Valentine. Her business later expanded to include not only purses but also clothes and jewelry. She most recently launched a new accessories label, Frances Valentine. "I wanted a functional bag that was sophisticated and had some style", Spade told the New York Times in 1999. "I love this pic of her", he said.

From starting off as an editor to designing what became the coming-of-age handbag of choice for women around the world, here's a look at how the celebrated designer built a fashion empire before she tragically took her life.

Known for its boxy but timeless shape, the Sam bag was among the first designs that Spade released.

Lena Dunham: "Kate Spade was more than a designer".

"Kate Spade was decent, she was fair and above all she insisted everyone around her be kind!"

The company was sold to luxury company Coach, which changed its company name to Tapestry, in 2017 for $2.4 billion.

The family said through a spokesman that they loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly.

On social media, a stream of condolences and thoughts have been coming in from designers and fashion influencers alike. "My heart goes out to her family and to all she has touched".

Who was Kate Spade?

"We were one of the first retailers to sell the Kate Spade collection, and Kate made many personal appearances at Hall's throughout the years", Halls CEO and President Kelly Cole said. "If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help". You could not walk into her boutiques and not smile.

Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry.