Her company, Kate Spade, was scooped up by Coach last year in a $2.4 billion deal. A decade before that, she sold her minority stake in the fashion brand to Neiman Marcus. It has over 175 stores around the globe. In 2016, she launched another venture, Frances Valentine, named after her daughter.
Spade was 55. She is survived by Frances and her husband Andy, who is the brother of comedian David Spade.
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