Who Is Kate Spade's Husband, Andy Spade? Designer Found Dead in New York

Famed designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide, CBS News reported Tuesday. The 55-year-old, who launched her brand in 1993, married her husband, Andy Spade, in 1994. The pair met when they worked at a clothing store together.

Andy Spade, also 55, had not yet publicly commented on his wife's death. The entrepreneur is the brother of actor David Spade. He was a founding partner at the creative agency Partners & Spade, and founded the fashion brand Sleepy Jones alongside Anthony Sperduti and Chad Buri in 2013.

The Spades sold their remaining stakes in the Kate Spade brand in 2006. The husband-and-wife duo launched a new venture selling handbags and shoes called Frances Valentine, in 2016.

In an interview with for BUILD Series NYC in 2017, Andy discussed the way they work as a team. "The good part is that we share the same aesthetic, and we like the same things," he said. "She happens to be very, very detail oriented, and I happen to think more conceptually."

Andy discussed the inspiration behind the brand Jack Spade in a 2010 interview on the website A Continuous Lean.

"At the time, 1995 or 1996, I liked Patagonia and some outwear companies," he said. "But when I went to the office I didn't want to carry an alpine bag, and I wasn't attracted to designer bags. So I wanted to create something in between, with menswear fabrics. I grew up in Arizona. As a kid, I hiked up mountains and was a boy scout and went to the Grand Canyon and camped out all night."

Andy and Kate Spade have one daughter, Frances Beatrix, for whom the new fashion line was named.

"Frances is a longtime family name on my dad's side," Kate Spade said in a 2015 interview with WWD. "My grandfather, father, brother and my daughter's name is Frances."

The designer was reportedly found inside her home at 850 Park Avenue by her housekeeper. The Kate Spade New York company confirmed her death on Twitter.

"Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed," the company said. "Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world."

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.

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Kate and Andy Spade attend the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Annual Downtown Dinner at Cipriani, on Wall Street, in New York, on May 4, 2006. Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide. Donald Bowers/Getty for Company Agenda
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