By Colleen Kratofil and Adam Carlson
June 05, 2018

Designer Kate Spade was found dead in her N.Y.C. apartment of an apparent suicide, according to The New York Times.

She was found hanging in her Park Avenue home by her housekeeper, and apparently left a note, though officials don’t know what the note said and are not divulging more information at the time.

Kate Spade, née Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was the designer behind her successful namesake label, Kate Spade New York.

Founded in 1993 with her husband, Andy Spade, the brother of actor David Spade, the line began by designing its infamously colorful handbags before expanding into other accessories and clothing, ultimately turning into a billion dollar brand. Tapestry, Inc. bought Kate Spade in July 2017 for $2.4 billion.

After selling her ownership stake in her company in 2006, she embarked on another designer adventure with the accessories brand, Frances Valentine in 2016.

She’s survived by her husband of 24 years and her 13-year-old daughter, Frances.

Throughout her career as an accessories designer, she was recognized for her achievements by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the “America’s New Fashion Talent in Accessories” in 1996 and again in 1998, winning the CFDA Award for “Best Accessory Designer of the Year.”

In 2016 Spade opened her home to PEOPLE in a “Hollywood at Home” series, sharing the wall-to-wall art and precious photographs adorning her N.Y.C. apartment shared with her husband and daughter.

She shared that one of her favorite aspects of the home was the floor-to-ceiling art. “It was actually one of the reasons I bought the apartment because I love the fact that you had some breathing space when you walked in the room,” Spade said in 2016. “And we decided to fill it, obviously, with a lot of art. It’s very much like our design, it’s very much like how I dress.”

And called the living room her favorite spot in the house. “Honestly, I know so many people do not use their living room,” she says, “we really do.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).