Bella Cariaga, Kate Spade's Housekeeper: 5 Fast Facts

Kate Spade Dead At 55

Iconic Fashion Designer, Kate Spade Found Dead In Her Apartment

Kate Spade, left, hanged herself in her Park Avenue home on Tuesday morning. "She has a brand loyalty like none I have ever seen", Hitha Herzog, chief research officer of H Squared Research, told ABC News.

Most shocking of all, Reta revealed, "One of the last things she said to me was, 'Reta, I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least".

He said his main concern is protecting the privacy of their 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix, as she deals with "unimaginable grief".

"But we certainly miss our bright, sunshiney little person", he tells the newspaper, adding that his daughter would have been gratified to know the discourse surrounding her death had potential to help someone else.

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"Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years", Andy Spade said.

The businessman also condemned media speculation about Spade's "business problems" and "substance abuse" in the leadup to her death, and says he is "appalled" by reports of a note found in her apartment.

"There was a moment when you couldn't walk a block in NY without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious", Wintour said in a statement. "Despite Kate, sadly, not being alive anymore, her brand name and brand loyalty will continue".

Kate Spade died of an apparent suicide earlier this week, and since the news broke, people everywhere have shared their love for Kate Spade and her designs on social media. "That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have".

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"She was always giving and charitable".

She walked away from the company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million (then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.).

Saffo anxious that the brand's image was "more important" for Spade so she would not enter treatment for fear it would tarnish the "happy-go-lucky" vision.

Meanwhile, Spade and her husband - brother of comedian David Spade - started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine. Although he said he and his sister often spoke several times a day, it sometimes became hard to get her on the phone. "We went to the cash register and [the sales clerk] said, 'Are you on our mailing list?" As Cariaga said in Facebook posts in 2016 and 2017, "When you get your own shoe line".

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