Biography / Wiki
A dream doesn’t turn into reality through magic, it takes hard work, sweat, and determination, this line has very well proved ‘Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan’ popularly renowned with the name of ‘Kate Spade’, was an American fashion designer and businesswoman.
She was well recognized as the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. She also launched her new fashion brand, Frances Valentine in 2016 along with her long-time friends, Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi.
Her death news gave a shock to the fashion world as she was found dead in her apartment on June 5, 2018, and her death is ruled a suicide.
Height / Weight / Age
She seems tall with a height of 158 in centimeters and 5’2” in feet & inches. Born on, 24 December 1962, she died the at age of 55 years. She possesses a healthy and fit figure with a weight of 50 in kilograms and 110 lbs in pounds. Kate’s body was complemented by her black eyes and her silky long black hair.
According to the sources, the estimated net worth of Kate Spade is $150 million before her death.
Education / Family
Kate was born and raised up in Kansas City, Missouri, USA and belongs to white ethnicity. She is born to her father Earl Francis Brosnahan and her mother June (Mullen). She also has a lovely sister Reta Staffo.
As of her education, she completed her schooling at St. Teresa’s Academy and Notre Dame de Sion private academy. After that, she went to the University of Kansas but changed to Arizona State University to complete her major degree. Later, she graduated with a Journalism degree from Kappa Gamma Sorority.
|Kate Spade, Kate Valentine
|Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan
|Kansas City, Missouri, USA
|Date Of Birth
|24 December 1962
|55 years old (at the time of her death)
|In centimeters – 158 cm
In feet inches – 5’2”
|In Kilograms – 50 kg
In Pounds – 110 lbs
|St. Teresa’s Academy, Notre Dame de Sion private academy
|University of Kansas, Arizona State University, Kappa Gamma Sorority
|Kansas City, Missouri, USA
|Earl Francis Brosnahan
Career / Fashion And Style
As of her career, she started working in the accessories department of Mademoiselle in Manhattan in 1986. She moved in with Andy Spade while at Mademoiselle. Her talent was acknowledged as she grew from being a mere designer to head of accessories at Mademoiselle. She soon realized the dearth of stylish while working at Mademoiselle.
At that time, Handbag was not an explored genre of accessories and it was plain and simple keeps for holding necessary items. She left Mademoiselle in 1991 to start-up entrepreneurship to give her creative energies a new direction and decided to create her own range of stylish and chic handbags.
She launched her own brand of handbags debuting with just six silhouettes. Her handbags were modern and of a stylish approach. Her handbags demand was increased in a plush area in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district in 1996. She initially sold only handbags but later extended their product range to clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, and so on.
‘Kate Spade At Home’ was launched as a home collection brand in 2004. Neiman Marcus Group purchased a 56% stake in the Kate Spade brand in 1999 and the brand grew at a rapid pace by selling its products through high-end stores like Bloomingdale. The brand went international by opening a store in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan in 2004.
She continued to remain active in the brand that she had built despite selling a 56% stake to Marcus Group. She came up with three books in which she shared her personal style and philosophies in 2004 alongside her fashion chain. She took time off to raise her son by selling the remaining 44% of her stake to Neiman Marcus Group in 2006.
After that, the Kate Spade label was sold by the group for a whopping $124 million to Liz Claiborne Inc. She invested in Plum TV, a small television network after gave away her label. Fifth & Pacific changed its name to Kate Spade & Company in February 2014 and Craig A. Leavitt became the new CEO.
Kate Spade has more than 175 shops internationally and 140 retail shops across the USA. She launched her new brand called Frances Valentine, along with their long-time friends, Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi in 2016. The name Frances and Valentine in the company name are from her family members.
Boyfriends, Affairs, Husband, and More
Reflecting on her personal life, she was a married woman who tied the marriage knot with her long-term boyfriend Andrew (Andy) Spade with whom she met at Arizona State University. The couple has been blessed with a daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.
|Frances Beatrix Spade
Here we are providing you with a list of her favorite things.
|Favorite Musical Instrument
Some Interesting Facts About Kate Spade
- She lived separately from her husband in the last 10 months of her life but they didn’t plan to divorce.
- She was found dead by her housekeeper along with a note addressed to her 13-year-old daughter Frances.
- For her classic designs, she was awarded America’s New Fashion Talent in Accessories by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1996.
- Her home collection won her three design awards in 2004.
- In 2017, she was inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
- She sold the full stake of the company to Marcus Group in order to raise her daughter.
- She is born with the name of Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan and later changed it to Kate Spade.