News has just broken that American accessories designer Kate Spade has passed away. She was found unresponsive at her Park Avenue home according to multiple reports. 

Spade rose to fame with her eponymous range of handbags launched in 2003 that soon expanded into a fully-fledged accessories business. Spade sold the business in 2007 before launching fashion brand Frances Valentine, named after her daughter, in 2016. 

She is survived by her husband Andy and her daughter. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available.