Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York home

Kate Brosnahan Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, was found dead in her New York apartment.

Police are investigating her death as an apparent suicide. The world of fashion and design has been paying tribute to her work.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said a suicide note was found at the scene.

The designer, 55, started Kate Spade New York in 1993 and opened her first shop in the city three years later, the company’s website states.