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Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton pay tribute to late fashion designer Kate Spade

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Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday paid tribute to fashion designer Kate Spade after she was found dead of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment.


“Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help,” the first daughter said in a tweet.

Clinton remembered the designer in another tweet, referencing her first Kate Spade bag.  

“My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart,” the former first daughter tweeted.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also remembered Spade in a tweet and included the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention hotline.

“The passing of Kate Spade is a stark reminder that we never know the struggles of a person regardless of their outward persona. If you or anyone you love is struggling, there is help. You don’t have to be alone. The Natl Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255,” Haley said.

Spade allegedly hanged herself with a scarf in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, according to CNN.

She was reportedly found by her housekeeper and left a suicide note. 

Spade launched Kate Spade New York in 1993 and opened her first retail shop in New York three years later. 

The brand now has more than 140 stores in the U.S. and over 175 stores worldwide. 

The company issued a statement on Spade’s death, saying the designer will be missed. 

“Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand. Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time,” a company spokeswoman said.

Tags Fashion Ivanka Trump Kate Spade New York Nikki Haley
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