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Kate Spade Brand to Give $1 Million to Mental Health Organizations

Kate Spade New York, the namesake brand of the late designer, will donate $1 million to mental health organizations, the company announced Wednesday. The brand’s foundation will give $250,000 to Crisis Text Line and plans to match public donations made to the suicide prevention organization from June 20 to June 29. “Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” Anna Bakst, the CEO of Kate Spade New York, said in a statement. Spade, who sold her final stake in the company she founded in 2006, was found dead in an apparent suicide earlier this month. “The outpouring of love on social media and in our shops from customers of all ages has been overwhelming and moving,” Bakst said. “It is such a beautiful reflection of how much Kate was loved.”