Kate Spade's Signature Fashion In Photos

Kate Spade changed the way people look at handbags. In the process, she changed the fashion industry. Getty
A purse designed by Kate Spade is displayed at a store in New York.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apartment suicide in her New York City home, WCBS-TV reported Tuesday. She was 55 years old.

Her brand, Kate Spade New York, started in 1993 with a line of handbags. It has since grown to include clothing, jewelry and home goods. The company later launched Jack Spade, a partner brand focusing on men's fashion. In May 2017, Coach, Inc. purchased the company for a reported $2.5 billion.

Spade's bags have a modern look with a nostalgic feel. 

"I don't think you need to neglect the style of something that's functional," the designer told Time magazine in 2005. 

Spade was born December 24, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married businessman Andy Spade—brother of actor David Spade—in 1994. The couple had one child in 2005, after which Spade stepped back from work to focus on raising their child. 

In 2016 Spade launched Frances Valentine, a new brand focusing on high-end footwear, bags, and accessories. 

Spade received many prestigious awards, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for "America's New Fashion Talent in Accessories" in 2006. 

Her legacy is her work—and she provided timeless pieces for consumers. Let's look back at her work, and the influence she had on the fashion industry. 

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A bag for Kate Spade's spring collection is shown. Mark Von Holden/Getty Images
The showroom for a Kate Spade store is shown. Mark Von Holden/Getty Images
Models wearing Kate Spade designs appear during New York Fashion Week. Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
Model pose in Kate Spade designs. Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
A model poses in a Kate Spade design during New York Fashion Week. Dario Cantatore/Getty Images
Models pose in Kate Spade designs. Dario Cantatore/Getty Images
Models pose in Kate Spade designs during a New York Fashion Week presentation. Allison Joyce/Getty Images
A model poses in Kate Spade designs. Allison Joyce/Getty Images
A model on the runway in a Kate Spade design. Koki Nagahama/Getty Images
A Kate Spade bag is shown at a presentation. Cindy Ord/Getty Images
A Kate Spade bag is shown at a presentation. Cindy Ord/Getty Images
A model poses in a Kate Spade design. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Garnier

Designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apartment suicide in her New York City home, WCBS-TV reported Tuesday. She was 55 years old.

Her brand, Kate Spade New York, started in 1993 with a line of handbags. It has since grown to include clothing, jewelry and home goods. The company later launched Jack Spade, a partner brand focusing on men's fashion. In May 2017, Coach, Inc. purchased the company for a reported $2.5 billion.

Spade's bags have a modern look with a nostalgic feel. 

"I don't think you need to neglect the style of something that's functional," the designer told Time magazine in 2005. 

Spade was born December 24, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married businessman Andy Spade—brother of actor David Spade—in 1994. The couple had one child in 2005, after which Spade stepped back from work to focus on raising their child. 

In 2016 Spade launched Frances Valentine, a new brand focusing on high-end footwear, bags, and accessories. 

Spade received many prestigious awards, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for "America's New Fashion Talent in Accessories" in 2006. 

Her legacy is her work—and she provided timeless pieces for consumers. Let's look back at her work, and the influence she had on the fashion industry. 

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

Read a note from Newsweek's editor in chief about covering suicide.