Kate Spade's handbags feature vibrant colors and eye-catching polka dots, just as smile-inducing as the quirky quotes - "bright like glitter, and bubbly like Champagne" - that adorn the walls of the fashion designer's stores. What was the cause of death? She "sounded happy" the night before she committed suicide.
"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this", he writes. "It was a complete shock". And it clearly wasn't her. [Kate] was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety.
Shuter says Spade and her husband Andy "didn't spend a lot of time together" and that they may have been living apart. "We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family".
Andy Spade also said the couple was not legally separated and never discussed divorce. "Kate loved Bea so very much". "She doted on her daughter", he told the paper.
Kate Spade's husband opened up about her suicide to the New York Times on Wednesday.
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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.
For confidential support call the Samaritans in the United Kingdom on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. Others cited unnamed fashion industry insiders who claimed Spade had been "drinking a lot" and was dealing with business problems.
Kate and Andy were married in 1994, a year after they founded the Kate Spade New York line of handbags designed by Kate.
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.).
Brosnahan said he knew Spade was having troubles and that she had been taking pills that he advised her not to take.