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Kate Spade
[ Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan ]
(December 24, 1962 June 5, 2018)

Known professionally as Kate Spade and Kate Valentine, was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. After working in the accessories department at the fashion magazine Mademoiselle, Brosnahan and her husband, Andy Spade, identified a market for quality stylish handbags, and founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. The handbags Spade designed and produced quickly found popularity, owing to their sophistication and affordability, and have been described as a symbol of New York City in the 1990s.

The company expanded into other product lines. In 1999, Spade sold a 56-percent stake in her business to Neiman Marcus Group, and in 2006 sold the rest of her shares. In 2016, Spade and her partners launched a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine. On June 5, 2018, Spade was found dead in her apartment, her death being ruled a suicide. Sadly, less than three weeks later, on June 20, her father, Earl "Frank" Brosnahan, died at the age of 89.

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