Michael Kors has pledged to donate $2 million (£1.6 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.
At present, the U.S. is one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 201,000 active cases.
Accordingly, Kors announced on Wednesday that bosses at his namesake fashion brand will be donating $1 million (£806,000), while himself and chief executive officer John Idol will make personal contributions totalling $1 million towards organisations based in New York City.
“Among the many things that I love about New York and New Yorkers is their strength and unwavering resilience in times of crisis. For a city as big as it is, there’s always been a strong sense of community,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s heartbreaking to see what is happening here in my hometown, which is currently an epicentre of the virus, and the impact this outbreak is having on people in our city and around the world. I commend everyone working on the frontlines in our health care centres and thank you for your dedication to helping others.”
Kors’s donation will be distributed between the NYU Langone Health and New York-Presbyterian Hospitals, with each receiving $750,000 (£605,000), while $250,000 (£202,000) will go to God’s Love We Deliver, an organisation that delivers meals to the city’s most vulnerable people. The other $250,000 will be gifted to A Common Thread, the group set up by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in order to help provide financial relief for small businesses in the fashion community affected by the pandemic.
“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” Idol added. “We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organisations dedicated to helping the community. This is clearly a time for people to come together in every way and on every level, because we are all stronger in our united resolve.”
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