The death of Kate Valentine Spade by suicide sent shockwaves through the fashion industry and beyond earlier this month. The eponymous brand she cofounded in 1993 and left in 2007 put up posters in its store windows with a statement honoring the late designer in the days following her passing—and now it’s working to bring awareness to mental health issues.
Kate Spade New York announced Wednesday its plan to donate more than $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health organizations through its foundation, beginning with $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line, a service that connects individuals to a live counselor for real-time help 24/7. The company will also match any public donations made to the group between June 20 and June 29, up to $100,000. See the official statement, as posted to Instagram, below.