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Kate Spade suffered from psychological sickness for years, says sister, Fashion News & Top Stories

NEW YORK (AFP) – Designer Kate Spade, who dedicated suicide in New York, suffered for years from psychological sickness however had refused treatment, her sister stated on Wednesday (June 6).

The demise of the 55-year-old star designer, whose physique was found Wednesday in her Park Avenue residence, “was not unexpected by me,” Spade’s older sister Reta Saffo instructed The Kansas City Star from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!” Saffo wrote, including that Spade was involved hospitalisation for treatment would harm the light-hearted picture of her eponymous model.

“I’d flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalisation),” Saffo added.

“She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive.”

Spade – a Missouri native who first labored as a journalist, together with a stint as equipment editor at Mademoiselle journal – launched her Kate Spade trend label in 1993 together with her husband Andy and the assistance of out of doors traders.

Her cheerful use of vivid colors and prints proved successful with profession girls.

Saffo stated she had come “very” near getting her sister right into a treatment facility.

“She was all set to go – but then chickened out by morning. I even said I (would) go with her and be a ‘patient’ too (she liked that idea) I said we could talk about it all – our childhood, etc. That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have,” Saffo added.

“That appeared to make her extra snug, and we might get sooo near packing her baggage, however – in the long run, the ‘picture’ of her model (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was extra necessary for her to maintain up. She was positively nervous about what individuals would say in the event that they found out.

Saffo, who stated Spade’s husband additionally helped to attempt to get his spouse into treatment, finally stopped attempting after “numerous” makes an attempt.

“One of the last things she said to me was, ‘Reta, I know you hate funerals and don’t attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least. Please!’ I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not,” Saffo added.

Celebrity news web site TMZ cited police sources as saying Spade had fallen into melancholy in current weeks after her husband left her and was in search of divorce.

Grieving her sister’s demise, Saffo recalled “she was an expensive little individual. So expensive – so type, so humorous. I will miss our 6-7-hr-long cellphone conversations between NY and NM.

“I’m off to bed for a good cry.”


Anna Wintour, the grand priestess of trend and editor-in-chief of Vogue journal, hailed Spade as a girl who “defined” authenticity.

“There was a moment when you couldn’t walk a block in New York without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colourful and unpretentious,” Wintour stated in a press release.

“Kate designed with great charm and humour, and built a global empire that reflected exactly who she was and how she lived. Long before we talked about ‘authenticity’, she defined it.”

Several admirers like Ivanka Trump – US President Donald Trump’s daughter – highlighted the significance of suicide helplines and seeing the indicators of melancholy.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

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