Kate Spade: Notables mourn the late fashion designer

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"She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out", Saffo said. She was so sharp and quick on her feet.

Spade was born and raised Katherine Brosnahan in Kansas City, graduating from St. Teresa's Academy, and then attending the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University. "But she kept watching it and watching it over and over".

After Williams died, it was learned that he had suffered Lewy body dementia, an aggressive and irreversible brain disorder.

First daughter Ivanka Trump, a fellow New Yorker with a clothing and accessories line, wrote on Twitter that Spade's death was "a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry". Her husband and business partner Andy Spade was in the apartment at the time. "Sometimes you simply can not SAVE people from themselves!" she wrote. "Kate and I during Christmas family photos".

A source tells ET that the late Kate Spade had become withdrawn from friends and family before her death, leading many of them to worry about her well-being. They say that Saffo has been estranged from the family for more than a decade, and they couldn't believe she chose now to make "unsubstantiated comments".

The designer's sister said she had distanced herself from Kate's situation. Saffo said that she "tried numerous times to get her help".

"People around me have said I've inherited little pieces of Katy's style", she told WWD in 2016.

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"I'd spoken with them on the phone (not telling them exactly who the patient would be)", Saffo said. Unfortunately, untreated, it finally took its toll on her.

Kate Spade's husband reportedly sought a divorce before her apparent suicide on Tuesday.

Speaking to US Dr. Mehmet Oz on The Dr. Oz Show, Ivanka said: "With each of my three children I had some level of postpartum depression". "That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have".

Spade catapulted to success after she and her husband launched a handbag line bearing her signature label in the 1990s.

Her family said in a statement, "We are all devastated" and "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly". Saffo said she had taken a sedative. But by the end, "We hadn't even sold enough to cover the cost of the booth", Spade said.

Spade was not only about bags: she would expand into shoes, apparel, luggage and other accessories, and stationery.

Together they opened up Kate Spade New York, which initially produced handbags but blossomed into a full-on fashion house featuring Kate's signature bright colours and jazzy prints.