On June 5, 2018, designer Kate Spade was found unresponsive in hew New York apartment, having died by suicide at just 55 years old. The news of her sudden death rocked not only rocked the fashion industry but the world, and her namesake brand, Kate Spade New York, quickly responded by pledging $1 million to mental health organizations. A year later, it was announced that the company has fulfilled that promise.
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According to Kate Spade New York’s Brand President and Chief Executive Officer, the completion of this initial $1 million does not mean the completion of the brand’s mission. “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 via press release. “Through our continued support of mental wellness organizations, we hope to encourage more conversation, education, and research around mental health to help those suffering.”