Kate Spade had some wise words of advice for her daughter before her tragic death.
The iconic fashion designer – famed for her handbags – was found dead at her New York home on Tuesday.
Her body was found by the housekeeper, and police say it’s believed she took her own life.
The 55-year-old had built a huge fashion empire alongside her husband Andy.
But in 2007, Kate handed over the reigns of her company to focus on her daughter, Frances Beatrix.
Speaking about her decision two years ago, she shared some advice she gave her daughter, now 13.
She told Serendipity : "I told my daughter, I want you to know that you should at least try. But you have to put everything into it. It’s not about hiring a bunch of people and having everyone else do the work. You have to be on top of it yourself, and completely invested. If it doesn’t work, will it be a sting? Yes, but you know you tried."
Kate made a comeback in 2016 by launching a new fashion brand, called Frances Valentine, which was named after her grandparents.
Speaking about taking time off to raise her daughter, she added: "After my daughter was born, I would have meetings up in my living room. People would be lined up to see me and I’d be like, ‘I’ll be right back, it’s time for her to eat!’"
She added: "Some people can make it work beautifully. Every woman makes the decision that’s right for her. But I felt like for me, this was the way to do it."
Kate found fame in the 1980s when she began working for women’s magazine, Mademoiselle, in Manhattan.
At that time, she moved in with Andy Spade, the brother of actor David Spade, who she met in college while working at a clothing store.
Kate worked with Andy to launch Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, and her company went on to grow into a full-scale clothing and jewellery line.
Kate and Andy got married the following year.
Her tragic death has shaken the fashion world to the core, as professionally Spade seemed to be going from strength to strength. She was a firm favourite with royals and the Hollywood elite.
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