The 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York apartment.
New York police are investigating her death as an apparent suicide.
She was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment at 10:20 local time (15:20 BST) by her housekeeper, a law enforcement official said.
Kate Spade was well known as a designer of clothes, shoes, and jewelry, but was best known for her accessory line.
The designer, whose name is Katherine Brosnahan, co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in 1993. The company now has hundreds of branches around the world.
Her bright and colorful patterned designs became a trademark of her brand, which is recognizable for its spades playing cards symbol as her logo.
She sold her namesake company in 2007.
The firm was bought by rival New York designer Coach last year in a deal worth $2.4bn (Â£1.8bn).