The designer's sister said she had distanced herself from Kate's situation.
Speaking publicly for the first time since her death, Andy said that his wife had suffered from depression and anxiety and was being treated by a doctor for the past five years. She sold the brand in 2006.
"I knew her from being in NY for years and years..." Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Spade's housekeeper found her with a red scarf around her neck.
Spade, who was 55, created a line of sleek handbags in the early 1990s that created a smash. She tried jeans, for example, decided they didn't look good on her, and moved on. No matter how successful you may be, depression doesn't care. At that time, Kate told CNBC they chose to sell so they could focus on family. "They were affordable AND terrific AND fabulous". Our daughter was our priority.
And the bags seemed to effortlessly appeal to a variety of women.
"Debuting with just six silhouettes, she combined sleek, utilitarian shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way", the site says. She left in 1991, after 6 years at the company and chose to launch a line of handbags after noticing a lack of good handbags in the market. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kate, who was married to Andy Spade, left behind a 13-year-old daughter.
Born as Katherine Noel Brosnahan in Kansas City, Missouri, the designer started off as a journalist at the now defunct fashion magazine Mademoiselle.
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.
"She believed in my vision", he said. We saw each other all the time. "She was a visionary". "Every girl wanted to have a piece of Kate Spade. I still have mine".
Many of Spade's friends and famous clientele are sending tributes on social media.
On Tuesday afternoon, the fashion world was rocked by the sudden and tragic loss of Kate Spade. "I still have it".
In the statement, released by Variety, Spade touched on subjects, including the grief his family is feeling and Kate's battle with depression.
Spade was not only about bags: she would expand into shoes, apparel, luggage and other accessories, and stationery. "I love sending them".
"Last year, Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand in a $2.4 billion deal".
In this May 13, 2004 file photo, designer Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her next collection in NY.
Wilson, of InStyle, recalled often finding her in her store, helping shoppers. "I don't think it ever technically fell apart, but I think they were living apart".
The couple returned to the fashion world in 2016 when they founded Frances Valentine, which was named partly after their daughter.
Daily local news headlines from the Newton Citizen. "You just never know the demons that people are dealing with". "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out".