Kate Spade Suffered From Mental Illness For Years – Sister

A Kate Spade logo is seen on a Madison Avenue storefront City after fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide on June 5, 2018 in New York City. PHOTO: Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Designer Kate Spade, who committed suicide in New York, suffered for years from mental illness but had refused treatment, her sister said on Wednesday.

The death of the 55-year-old star designer, whose body was found on Wednesday in her Park Avenue apartment, “was not unexpected by me,” Spade’s older sister Reta Saffo told The Kansas City Star from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!” Saffo wrote, adding that Spade was concerned hospitalisation for treatment would hurt the light-hearted image of her eponymous brand.

“I’d flown out to Napa and NYC several times in the past 3-4 years to help her to get the treatment she needed (inpatient hospitalisation),” Saffo added.

“She was always a very excitable little girl and I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive.”

Spade, a Missouri native who first worked as a journalist, including a stint as an accessories Editor at Mademoiselle magazine — launched her Kate Spade fashion label in 1993 with her husband Andy and the help of outside investors.

Her cheerful use of bright colours and prints proved a hit with career women.

Saffo said she had come “very” close to getting her sister into a treatment facility.

“She was all set to go -— but then chickened out by morning. I even said I (would) go with her and be a ‘patient’ too (she liked that idea) I said we could talk about it all — our childhood, etc. That I could help her fill in any blanks she might have,” Saffo added.

“That seemed to make her more comfortable, and we’d get sooo close to packing her bags, but — in the end, the ‘image’ of her brand (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was more important for her to keep up. She was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out.”

Saffo, who said Spade’s husband also helped to try to get his wife into treatment, eventually stopped trying after “numerous” attempts.

“One of the last things she said to me was, ‘Reta, I know you hate funerals and don’t attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least. Please!’ I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not,” Saffo added.

Celebrity news website TMZ cited police sources as saying Spade had fallen into depression in recent weeks after her husband left her and was seeking a divorce.

Grieving her sister’s death, Saffo recalled “she was a dear little person. So dear — so kind, so funny. I’ll miss our 6-7-hr-long phone conversations between NY and NM.

“I’m off to bed for a good cry.”

Embodying authenticity

Anna Wintour, the grand priestess of fashion and editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, hailed Spade as a woman who “defined” authenticity.

“There was a moment when you couldn’t walk a block in New York without seeing one of her bags, which were just like her; colorful and unpretentious,” Wintour said in a statement.

“Kate designed with great charm and humor and built a global empire that reflected exactly who she was and how she lived. Long before we talked about ‘authenticity,’ she defined it.”

Several admirers like First Daughter Ivanka Trump highlighted the importance of suicide helplines and seeing the signs of depression.

“Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help,” Trump tweeted.

AFP

Store In Alaska Begins Legal Sales Of Marijuana

cannabisA store in Alaska, a state in the United States, has begun retail marijuana sales, with buyers queueing up to buy legal marijuana on its first day.

The store’s grand opening took place on Saturday, one which the operators referred to as the “high noon.”

The store, ‘Herbal Outfitters, in Valdez, finally opened nearly two years after voters approved allowing people from 21 years and above to re-creationally use ‘pot’.

The company’s offerings will mark the first time it’s legal to buy ‘pot’ under the voter initiative approved in November 2014.

Furthermore, the passage of this law made it legal under state law to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside of a home.

The store launch comes less than a week after the opening of the state’s first testing lab, ‘Cann Test’, in Anchorage.

A worker tends to cannabis plants

The laboratory which would be used to test cannabis products such as flowers, edibles and concentrates, opened on Monday after clearing regulatory hurdles days before.

General Manager of the Herbal Outfitters, Derek Morris, said the store would initially carry only dried cannabis flowers, adding that manufacturers of edibles and concentrates are still in various stages of the permitting process.

In Fairbanks, another city within Alaska, two marijuana retail stores are planning to open in weeks to come, after final inspections are completed, with a third one being launched in about a month.

Public Benefit

In 2012, Colorado became the first state to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use.

In 2013, a measure to impose sales and excise taxes of 25% on the newly legalized recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools was approved.

This move according to the then government, showed a willingness on the part of Colorado voters to tax marijuana for the public benefit

This however, is in sharp contrast to what applies in many other states across the continent where the use of Marijuana or any other form of ‘hard drugs’, is highly prohibited and considered a crime which draws severe sanctions from the government.

cannabisIn Nigeria, there is high prohibition for the use of illicit drugs, enforced by the National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency, (NDLEA).

The agency had in different operations, destroyed large expanse of cannabis farms in states such as Oyo, Osun and Ogun, among others.

Facts About Cannabis- 

Research has suggested that: Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.

A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug persistently, seem to under-achieve.

Stopping or reducing cannabis use, failed to fully restore the lost IQ.

Persistent cannabis use for over 20 years is associated with neuro-psychological decline.

This is according to the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

cannabisConstant consumption builds up tolerance, in which users desire to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same level of highness, causing greater risk of IQ drop.

Among the short term dangers are:

Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing.

Sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased heart rate as well as appetite and relaxed muscles which may result in reduced productivity levels.