Designer Kate Spade In Boston

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Less than 24 hours after fashion’s biggest night—the CFDA Awards— an industry legend, designer Kate Spade, is dead at 55 in an apparent suicide. The style icon was found unconscious in her New York apartment this morning, with a red scarf tied around her neck attached to a doorknob, reports the Associated Press.

A former accessories editor at Mademoiselle, the designer launched her line with husband Andy Spade in 1993 with a $155 black nylon handbag. The brand would grow into an international powerhouse, offering home goods, women’s accessories and clothing bearing her name. While her whimsical looks became a force in the women’s world, her complementary men’s label, Jack Spade, was the guys’ answer to the no fuss, yet tailored goodness she was known for.

Jack Spade

Source: Courtesy of Kate Spade & Company / Courtesy of Kate Spade & Company

While the Kate Spade brand is still going strong, Jack Spade closed all of its physical locations in January 2015 and now produces only a few goods online. The current lineup of lightweight outerwear, backpacks and small leather goods are timeless essentials. As the industry mourns one of its greats, here are a few of our favorite Jack Spade style moments over the years.

Jack Spade Memorable Moments
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