Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment at the age of 55 following an apparent suicide on Tuesday.

The businesswoman, wife and mother has been a staple in the fashion world since she launched her brand with husband, Andy Spade in 1993.

It was then that Kate, a former accessories editor at Mademoiselle, set out to design the perfect handbag. By 1996, her first shop opened in New York City and the fashion community fell in love with her modern, feminine, and sophisticated aesthetic that made her pieces instantly recognisable.

Following her sudden death, that same fashion community has taken to Twitter to send tributes to the designer.

Kathy Griffing

Jennifer O'Connell

Mindy Kaling

Nicolette Mason

Kate Spade New York

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Kenneth Cole

The Council of Fashion Designers

Liz Lange

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