Those mourning the loss of Kate Spade include Hollywood luminaries many people may not know were related to the revered designer: She is the sister-in-law to “Saturday Night Live” veteran David Spade, and the aunt of “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan.
Kate Spade married David Spade’s brother, Andy Spade, in 1994. Kate and Andy Spade founded Kate Spade New York in 1993, followed by the men’s brand Jack Spade. Andy Spade also established Partners & Spade, a storefront and studio.
Kate Spade’s shares her maiden name with Rachel Brosnahan, who starred on “House of Cards” before moving on to Amazon’s acclaimed comedy series.
CNN wrote in 2003:
Kate was Kate Brosnahan in 1992 when, as a former fashion editor, she designed and made her first square bag out of construction paper. With money tight, Andy didn’t leave his job at an ad agency to join Kate at the company until 1996. Three years later the Spades sold 56% of their handbag business to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million.
Spade told CNN: “The reason I started making handbags was because of Andy’s suggestion. After moving through a number of positions, I had been promoted to senior fashion editor after six years at Mademoiselle magazine. I wasn’t sure the next step was one I wanted to make.”
The couple have one child together, Frances Beatrix Spade.
Rachel Brosnahan talked in an interview with WWD that Kate Spade’s mother, June, influenced her character, Midge Maisel. She also said her own fashion influence was mostly “from afar.”
“But people around me have said that I’ve inherited little pieces of Katie’s style,” she said. “For example, I love a good shoe and a good bag, and I know that she was largely influenced by my grandmother, her mother, June. Who actually, fun fact, Midge is slightly inspired by.”
Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment Tuesday after an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials who spoke with the Associated Press. Her body was found hanging by her housekeeper, the AP reported.