Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, has been found dead in her New York apartment.
She is said to have taken her own life, US media report.
Details are unclear, but local media report that she was found by her housekeeper.
The designer co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, which now has hundreds of branches around the world.
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 (£1.8bn).