The officials didn't know what the note said.
He said she "sounded happy" the night before and her death was a complete shock.
Kate is survived by her husband Andy, who is the brother of David Spade, and her 13-year-old daughter Frances.
Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand past year for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal.
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"She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories", read a statement issued by CFDA charwoman Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA president Steven Kolb on Tuesday.
She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their NY apartment in 1993. "Kate will be dearly missed".
The designer died on Tuesday of an apparent suicide.
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'Kate was more than a designer. She then started what was to become a fashion accessories empire, with her husband to be, Andy Spade. One obvious measure of her influence was the number of counterfeit Kate Spade bags one could find on the streets, Arrington said. "She stopped in NY for one night on a trip back from Europe", Andy Spade told USA TODAY in a 1997 interview, "and went to Mademoiselle for a temp job and was hired".
Katherine Noel Brosnahan was born December 24, 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri. "Kate Spade changed EVERYTHING". "My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college", Chelsea Clinton wrote on Twitter.
The line - with fans including the Duchess of Cambridge and Taylor Swift - became famous for its colourful handbags but expanded into clothing and other accessories. 'My heart breaks for her family. In 2017, Coach snapped up the brand in a $2.4 billion deal.
I first got my hands on one of the brand's signature nylon bags in middle school (after much begging, I'm sure) and more than 15 years later, it still sits on a shelf in my mom's dressing room. "You just never know the demons that people are dealing with".
Spade's husband and business partner says she suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. 'I always admired that she was self-made and was so sad to hear the news of her passing.
Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards.
In 2016 she was ready to launch a brand new accessories brand, Frances Valentine. Gupta, 29, said that there is a need to look at people harder with "compassion and kindness".