"I said, 'Honey, you don't just start a handbag company, '" she told NPR, "and he said, 'Why not, how hard can it be?'"
He said she "sounded happy" the night before and her death was a complete shock.
Kate Spade left her 13-year-old daughter a letter.
"Andy kept saying the whole time, Kate Spade, Kate Spade - listen to how it sounds, " Ms. Spade told the New York Times in 1999.
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America has also paid tribute to the late designer, referring to her a "a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion".
Her company, Kate Spade New York, has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the USA and more than 175 shops internationally.
The fashion designer most know as Kate Spade was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan on December 24, 1962.
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And a Kate Spade bag was an adornment that was, crucially, affordable, unlike other iterations of "It" bags whose status seemed to hinge on the price tag. "Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time". One obvious measure of her influence was the number of counterfeit Kate Spade bags one could find on the streets, Arrington said.
When I first discovered fashion, Kate Spade was queen of it. The group subsequently sold off its other operations and became Kate Spade & Co. On social media, many are sharing pictures and memories of their favourite Kate Spade pieces - the most popular word being used?
Ms. Spade expanded her design offerings to sunglasses, shoes, luggage and clothing and even designed flight attendants outfits. 'My heart breaks for her family. Tapestry, Inc. bought Kate Spade in July 2017 for $2.4 billion. The couple have a 13-year-old daughter name Frances Beatrix Spade.
I first got my hands on one of the brand's signature nylon bags in middle school (after much begging, I'm sure) and more than 15 years later, it still sits on a shelf in my mom's dressing room.
"She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive".
"We are all devastated by today's tragedy", said the Spade family in a statement.
Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards.
"I like things to endure because thats the way I shop", Ms. Spade told the Toronto Star. "You see someone who kind of made a career off of making people smile", she said.