Kate Spade Housekeeper Who Found Her Dead Considered Designer 'Best Friend'
07 June, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
She claims Spade was "fixated" when the news broke of Robin Williams'suicide in 2014, and she thinks she had a plan in motion back then.
Spade was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1962, and she attended the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University. Spade was found dead from an apparent suicide in her NY apartment.
Saffo said her sister had been concerned that any inpatient treatment would harm the Kate Spade brand.
"I said, 'Honey, you don't just start a handbag company, '" she told NPR, "and he said, 'Why not, how hard can it be?'" You could afford them, and happily buy more than one.
A source close to the Spade family tells ET that "Kate was a kind, generous, funny, warm and extremely private person". Her mother June Mullen Brosnahan was a former flight attendant who had become a real-estate agent.
She went on to explain: "I'd come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment (to the same place Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment program)". She tried jeans, for example, decided they didn't look good on her, and moved on.
Saffo noted that she'd anxious that her sister had become "full-on manic depressive".
Saffo said she flew to New York City and Napa several times in the past three or four years in this effort. She was so sharp and quick on her feet.
"I'd spoken with them on the phone (not telling them exactly who the patient would be)", Saffo said.
Bette Midler also shared her condolences via Twitter. "She was all set to go - but then chickened out by morning", she recalled. Her brother-in-law, actor David Spade, tweeted a picture of her at a book signing and he said 'I love this pic of her.
It's now been reported that Kate and her husband of 24 years Andy had separated in the months before her death.
"She and Andy, they were a team". However, it appears he was at the apartment when Spade's body was discovered. Full text of Andy Spade'sstatement to ABC News:"Kate was the most handsome woman in the world". And over the years the company has expanded from handbags to clothing TO shoes, jewelry, fragrances, stationery, eyewear and baby products. The couple made a decision to sell the business in 2006 to devote their time to raising Frances.
Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand previous year for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal. She launched a new fashion brand in 2007 Frances Valentine after leaving Kate Spade New York.
The post quickly gained attention, racking up 96,897 likes and hundreds of comments also paying tribute to the late American fashion designer.
The designer's sister said she had distanced herself from Kate's situation.
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