– EN Fashion – Executives at Kate Spade New York have fulfilled a pledge to mental health organisations following the death of the designer.
Spade, who founded her fashion and accessories brand in 1993, committed suicide in June 2018. She was aged 55.
In light of her death, leaders at her namesake brand, owned by Coach’s Tapestry, Inc. since 2017, chose to honour Spade’s memory by donating $1 million to various charitable causes, and a year later, it has been confirmed that the target had been reached.
“The Jed Foundation, Fountain House and the Didi Hirsch Foundation are the newest grantees of our $1 million pledge to mental health organisations in honour of Kate Spade, our company founder. From June 5th through 12th, 2019, we’ll also match public donations made to The Jed foundation, up to $100,000. To make your donation, visit jedfoundation.org/katespade. Thank you from all of us for your generosity and support,” a brand spokesperson wrote on Instagram.
The Jed Foundation is a New York-based non-profit which seeks to protect the emotional health of teenagers and young adults, while Fountain House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness, and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has provided free mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services since 1942.
In addition, Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of Kate Spade New York, added that the company plans to continue with the initiative.
“Kate Spade brought so much beauty and joy into the world, and now more than ever, we are committed to carrying on her legacy,” she said in a statement. “Through our continued support of mental wellness organisations, we hope to encourage more conversation, education, and research around mental health to help those suffering.”
On the first anniversary of Spade’s death, a number of her friends and family members honoured her memory.
Her niece, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress Rachel Brosnahan took to Instagram to write, “Missing Katy B today,” while her brother-in-law David Spade posted a snap of the star at an event in February 2006 along with a red heart emoji.