The international fashion luxury group with prominent brands such as Versace, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo has shown their support in the fight against COVID-19 by donating more than $3 million to the cause’s relief efforts. Chairman and CEO of Capri Holdings Limited, John D. Idol stated that the group’s assistance is their way of thanking those on the frontlines for their dedication and courage.
The Michael Kors brand itself will be donating $1 million to support the local relief efforts in New York. This will be followed with the personal contribution of another $1 million from the founder of the brand, Michael Kors and Capri Holdings’ Chairman, John Idol. The total $2 million will be appropriated by two of New York City’s largest hospital systems, NYU Langone Health and New York-Presbyterian Hospital receiving $750,000 each while $250,000 will be given to God’s Love We Deliver to fund meals that’ll be delivered to the city’s individuals living with serious ailments. The remaining $250,000 will be used by A Common Thread, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to support small fashion businesses with the financial aid they need during this pandemic period.
As for Versace, the brand is promising to donate $500,000 to assist local efforts against the disease in Milan. This move is following Versace’s prior efforts when they donated ¥1 million in February to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. The recent donation will be distributed to San Raffaele Hospital to provide them with more intensive care units and Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana for their initiative “Italia, we are with you” project that donates medical equipment to the nation’s hospitals. To top it off, the Chief Creative Officer of Versace, Donatella and her daughter, Allegra Versace Beck, have personally donated €200,000 to the intensive care unit of San Raffaele hospital.
Jimmy Choo will also be contributing to the efforts of combating COVID-19 by donating $250,000 to the National Health Service COVID-19 Urgent Appeal by NHS Charities Together in order to support of their medical staff, volunteers and frontliners. Another $250,000 will be given to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund that aids medical professionals and patients all over the globe with the supplies and resources they need during this health crisis.