Kenneth Cole has revamped his tribute to Kate Spade after upsetting her followers by suggesting she was "an accessory".
The 55-year-old, who founded Kate Spade New York alongside her husband Andy Spade in 1993, was found dead after apparently taking her own life in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday (05Jun18).
Shortly after learning of Spade's death, Cole offered up his thoughts in a cryptic tweet.
"She alone didn't change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP," he wrote.
However, many online users found the message to be insensitive, with some branding the note to be "rude" and "tone-deaf".
Cole, 64, returned to social media a few hours later and reworked his tribute.
"Kate Spade left an indelible mark on the fashion industry and her inspiring life and work will be missed," he stated. "We lost a true visionary today. My heart goes out to her family and to all she has touched."
He also deleted his original tweet and told Page Six, "I often say, 'We may not heel the world, but we hope to be an accessory.' After posting the tweet, I realised there may have been room for misinterpretation."
Spade's family members have also released a statement after the designer was found in her Park Avenue home in Manhattan.
"We are all devastated by today's tragedy," they said. "We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time."
Spade is survived by her husband and her 13-year-old daughter Frances.
Diane von Furstenberg, Bette Midler, Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Bryce Dallas Howard are also among the celebrities and fashion elite who have also paid tribute to Spade.
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