FANS OF THE LATE BELOVED, FASHION DESIGNER KATE SPADE, RUSH TO BUY OUT HER CURRENT ACCESSORIES COLLECTION, "FRANCES VALENTINE" ON NORDSTROM.COM - SOLD OUT IN MINUTES...
Uber successful fashion designer, Kate Spade, reportedly committed suicide this morning at age, 55. Spade's Housekeeper apparently found Spade hanging by a scarf tied to the doorknob of her bedroom, with a note by her side. Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Bresnahan is survived by her husband and business partner, Andy Spade and 13 year old daughter, Bea Spade.
As soon as the horrible news made headlines this morning, fans of Spade immediately hit the internet and snatched up her latest fashion collection, "Frances Valentine." FrancesValentine.com was so busy the site was shut down. Nordstrom.com carries the online collection and every piece sold out in minutes.
In 2016, Spade legally changed her name to "Frances Valentine" to help support her latest business venture. It is surreal to watch this WSJ interview where Spade explains why she chose to change her name and shared, "I didn't want to confuse the customer with my name." Spade went onto reveal how getting back into the fashion business after a hiatus to raise her daughter, was not easy, "I forget how hard it was."
Spade's alleged suicide is a tragic reminder that despite success, fame and fortune anyone can suffer from depression and mental health issues. WE all need to work towards making it easier for anyone suffering to get help and not feel alone. The time is now to get rid of the negative stigma on mental health issues and make it easier for anyone to access the necessary care and resources to live a productive life.
NAMI is a fantastic resource for loved ones in need or anyone suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness.
USA Today created a memorable look back at the fashion icon, mother and wife, Kate Spade. RIP.