Kate Spade Brand, David Spade Donate Millions to Mental Health Causes

The media and fashion worlds are still reeling from the death of Kate Spade by suicide. As preparations are being made for her funeral, supporters are sending not only prayers but also financial support in honor of the fashion designer. One way the community is showing support is by donating money to causes that help support mental health research and awareness.

Spade leaves behind her husband, Andrew Spade, and their teenage daughter Frances Beatrix Spade. Also left to mourn Spade’s passing are her father and his wife, in addition to four sisters, one brother, and seven nieces and nephews, reports Page Six.

Kate Spade’s funeral

Kate Spade

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Plans were made to hold Spade’s funeral in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church, reports news station KSHB 41 Kansas City. Before her marriage to husband Andrew Spade, she was known by her maiden name Katy Brosnahan. Spade’s family announced that they would prefer donations instead of flowers. Well-wishers are instructed to donate to Wayside Waifs or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in her honor.

Worldwide fame

Kate Spade became an international success as a result of the popularity of her brightly colored handbags and purses. Spade and her husband started the Kate Spade New York fashion label in January 1993, but then sold the company in 2007. Spade recently started fashion brand Frances Valentine, which is named after her daughter.

Star power

Many celebrities were fans of the Kate Spade brand. After Spade’s death, many of them took to Twitter to talk about their love for her and her bags. Among the mourners is former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. Said Clinton on Twitter: “My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.”

Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling also expressed her sadness on Twitter: “I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest in Peace, Kate.”

Fighting for mental health

Anna Bakst, CEO of Kate Spade New York, spoke out soon after Spade’s passing, reminding the public that the fashion designer’s battle is one that can affect anyone. Said Bakst in a statement, “Mental illness does not discriminate; it is complicated and difficult to diagnose and can often be life-threatening. We hope that our support will shed even more light on the disease and encourage those who suffer from mental health issues to seek help. Collectively, we must all do more.”

The Kate Spade New York Foundation recently announced it will donate $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit organization providing free crisis support. In addition, the foundation says it will match public donations made to the Crisis Text Line, up to $100,000.

Spade’s brother-in-law, comedian and actor David Spade, also announced he would donate to a mental health cause. People reports he made a $100,000 donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to those managing mental illness.

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