Rachel Brosnahan Remembers Aunt Kate Spade As ‘Beautifully Sensitive’

07 June, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Donna Miller

The fashion world lost a bright designer in Kate Spade this week, and it's still reeling.

Spade's apparent suicide on Tuesday, at age 55 inside the bedroom of her New York Park Avenue apartment, "was not unexpected by me", Reta Saffo, Spade's older sister by two years, told The Star by email from her house in Santa Fe, N.M.

Fashion designer Kate Spade, who was found on Tuesday after hanging herself in her NY flat, committed suicide following years of untreated depression, self-medication with alcohol and a demand for divorce from her husband, it has emerged. "That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have", Saffo added.

The Instagram picture shows Kate and David standing together, and the caption reads: "Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos". Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. "It was a time in the marriage when it was right for them to be apart", she said.

The carefree, poppy designs captured the imagination of women worldwide - but would become an albatross around Spade's neck, as she struggled with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, Saffo said.

"I still cant believe it (sic)", he continued.

In a post which included a photograph of her at a book signing, he wrote: 'Katy at my book signing.

"I knew her from being in NY for years and years..."

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Saffo said she flew to New York City and Napa several times in the past three or four years in this effort. "Try to hang on", he wrote on the site.

Andy, who was with Kate for 35 years and married for 24, went on to explain that reports that Kate Spade wanted to take her own life after her husband filed for divorce were untrue. In an interview with the Kansas City Star, Kate Spade's sister helped shed some light about why the life of a successful business person who seemed to have everything going on for her would end so unexpectedly.

Brosnahan ended the post by urging her followers to "hug your loved ones extra tight".

A statement from the family via in NY spokeswoman on Tuesday had said: "We are all devastated by today's tragedy".

"We are all devastated by today's tragedy".

In a statement Tuesday, a rep for the brand-which Spade sold a majority share of to Neiman Marcus back in 1999-said their founder would be "dearly missed".

Shea wouldn't discuss what was in the note, but law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that, among other things, it contained a message to Spade's 13-year-old daughter, saying it was not her fault. The circumstances surrounding her death are under investigation.

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