1993: Kate Spade launches with a collection of nylon bags.

1995: Sales crack $1.5million inannual sales.

1996: Kate Spade opensits first shop in NewYork’s SoHo, at 59 Thompson Street.

• Sales hit $6 million.

• Jack Spade launches.

• The company wins a victory against Gap’s Banana Republic unit, which agreed to stop selling copies of thedesigner’s bags, settling out of court.

1997: The company settlessimilar infringement casesagainst Kmart, Dayton/Hudsonand mass-market manufacturer Accessory Network.

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