Kate Valentine, aka Kate Spade, was 55 when she was found dead yesterday, and leaves behind a legion of fans who remember her designs fondly.
Husband, Andy Spade has broken his silence and released a statement to New York Times after the death of Kate Spade:
Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.
Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.
For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how. We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.
This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.
My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.
– Andy Spade.
The late Kate Spade and then boyfriend and now husband, Andy Spade launched the designer handbags back in January 1993. What started out as just a handbag brand then branched into clothing, jewelry, eye-wear, shoes, baby items, furnishings and many more. Her stores here in Malaysia are bright and cheerful, giving you a sense of joy when you walk in to peruse the aisles for her latest collections.
The duo sold the Kate Spade brand in 2007. They started Frances Valentine, a collection of luxury footwear and handbags was launched in 2016 and named after Kate’s side of the family that came from a long line of relatives named Frances (including her daughter) and Valentine for her maiden name. In May 2017, Coach Inc. bought Kate Spade for 2.4 billion US dollars.
Fans from around the world, including many in Malaysia, have come forward to convey their condolences as well as share their ‘moments’ with Kate Spade.
My first Kate Spade bag was a felt hobo that looks like a trench – it is still a conversation piece every time I carry it – the start of my love story with Kate Spade, and the 20 over KS bags I own. Quirkiness will never be the same. RIP Kate. – Jolynn Koh.