The sign for the Kate Spade store in New York's Soho neighborhood hangs above the entrance, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Spade was found hanged in her apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Designer Kate Spade, one of the biggest names in American fashion known especially for her sleek handbags, was found dead Tuesday in her New York apartment.Tributes to Spade poured in from celebrities, the fashion world and everyday women who admired her quintessentially American style, which had a sophisticated yet playful vibe.The Council of Fashion Designers of America hailed Spade's work.Her designs represented the New York aesthetic -- a mix of modern and classic. It was so associated with the city that she eventually added its name to her label, Kate Spade New York. Beyond the label's signature handbags, Spade was also known for shoes.In 1999, Spade ceded a majority stake in her company to high-end department store chain Neiman Marcus for $34 million. Spade sold the last of her shares in the company in the mid-2000s for another $59 million, and was no longer directly associated with the management of the company bearing her name.
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