The housekeeper who discovered Kate Spade’s suicide considered the fashion icon her “best friend” and even went on vacations with her to Napa Valley, the worker’s son told The Post.
“My mom was one of the people that found her,” said Mark Roldan, 23. “She is a little shaken, especially with trauma such as this. It just really hit our family and I’m pretty sure the Spade family as well. It was just really shocking to find out her best friend Kate Spade and also a big influence in my life just passed.”
Roldan is pursuing a career in fashion and said Spade mentored him.
“She believed in my vision,” he said. “There would be times we would be in California — you know she brought me to Napa Valley and showed me: ‘This could all be yours if you do the same thing I did. Really push and push and push day in and day out.’”
The housekeeper’s personal Facebook page includes photos depicting a sprawling Napa Valley manse that she identifies as belonging to Spade.
“Tiff and Justin was invited to spend the weekend at kate spade place,” she wrote in an August 2017 post along with a photo of two kids standing in front of a Spanish-Colonial style home.
Roldan was so close to Spade he even brought her flowers for Mother’s Day last month, according to a video he shared with The Post.
“Oh my God,” Spade gasps as she answers her door in pajamas and Roldan hands her a bouquet.
Then the fashion maven makes an excuse for her casual get-up.
“I was like ‘It’s Mother’s Day, that’s why I’m in my pajamas,’ ” she says in what may be one of the last videos of her alive.
“It’s OK,” Roldan reassures her.
Roldan’s mother found Spade dead in her 850 Park Ave. home Tuesday, hanging by a red scarf attached to a door knob.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.