By  on June 29, 2012

NEW YORK — Kay Unger, cofounder and creative director of Kay Unger New York and Phoebe Couture, is leaving the company to focus on philanthropy and other creative endeavors.

“I’ve been toying with it for quite a while,” said Unger, 67, who told the staff Friday. She said her primary focus will be the Steven Julius Foundation, which she started with her two grown sons in 2010. The foundation is primarily committed to cancer research and care and to funding scholarships for inner-city children in the visual arts through Parsons The New School for Design. “I have several million dollars in there, and I’m so passionate about it,” said Unger.

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