Kate Spade: From journalist to iconic fashion brand

By June 7, 2018Current

TL;DR – Fashion editor to iconic designer.

You would probably have already heard that fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NYC apartment.

The fashion designer photographed amongst her handbags in 1999 (via)

It is said that she was suffering from depression and eventually hung herself with a scarf in her Park Avenue home.


If you, like many other women out there who once owned a Kate Spade handbag to symbolise you graduating from teenhood into your “adult” years, then you would definitely relate to these Tweets:

Here are some interesting facts about the iconic designer:

1) How it all started

Andy and Kate Spade married in 1994 (via)

Legally named Katherine Noel Brosnahan, she started the fashion brand in 1993 with her then-boyfriend turned husband, Andy Spade. Hence “Kate Spade”.

2) Frances Valentine

Kate and Andy eventually sold the company to Neiman Marcus to spend more time with their daughter, Francis Beatrix Valentine Spade. Kate got back to designing in 2016 by launching a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.

3) Kate Valentine

She then changed her name to Kate Valentine to differentiate herself and her new line from her original brand.

4) She is David Spade’s sister-in-law

In case you’re wondering who is David Spade, he is an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and television personality. You can catch him on Saturday Night Live.

5) Journalist-turned-designer

She had graduated from Arizona State University with a journalism degree and moved to New York where she got a temp job at Mademoiselle Magazine, eventually working her way up to Accessories Editor at the fashion publication.


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