The late icon's older sister Reta Saffo spoke to The Kansas City Star about how she perceived the designer's mental condition. Her sister said in an e-mail to CBS This Morning that she believed Spade suffered from bi-polar disorder.
The housekeeper's personal Facebook page includes photos depicting a sprawling Napa Valley manse that she identifies as belonging to Spade.
But Spade, whose brands - first Kate Spade and later Frances Valentine - were associated with freewheeling modern living, felt that seeking help would hurt her products. She left in 1991, after 6 years at the company and made a decision to launch a line of handbags after noticing a lack of good handbags in the market.
Fans and colleagues have been stopping by her home to pay their respects. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly", the statement read.
She married David Spade's brother, Andy, in 1994.
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She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993, based on six shapes of bags she thought every working woman needed.
"She and Andy, they were a team".
In his statement, Andy went on to debunk rumors that Kate faced substance abuse problems near the end of her life.
"Sometimes you simply can not SAVE people from themselves", she also wrote in the email. The former businesswoman reportedly left a note at the scene that was addressed to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. And I said, honey, you just don't start a handbag company. As the shocking news spread, Bravolebs took to social media to speak out about the death and what the designer and brand meant to them.
"This was someone that really valued her private life and I don't think Kate could live in the cruel world that we live in today".
"We honor all the beauty she brought into this world", the company said in a tweet.