Summary: fashion designer who created an accessories empire that helped to define the look of an area (buying a Kate Spade handbag was a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women), whose purses she made became a status symbol and a token of adulthood, who also attached her name to home goods and china and towels and so much else, including one of the first of a wave of American women contemporary designers who emerged in the 1990's as she built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made shoppers smile.
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging
Born: December 24, 1962
Died: June 5, 2018
Location: New York City, New York