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Jack Spade, the natty men's clothes and accessories brand started by Kate's husband and now owned by Fifth & Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne), has decided that it will not be opening a boutique in San Francisco's Mission District after all. To recap, the Spade team had gone up against a formula retail law in the Mission banning any chain stores with more than 11 locations nationwide and a recognizable "look." Though Jack Spade does not have that many boutiques, its parent company also owns Kate Spade and Lucky Brand.
Residents weren't psyched about Jack Spade's entry, even going as far as to throw a "Jack Off" fundraiser. Finally, after lots of haranguing and an official Board of Appeals ruling, the Spade team has conceded. An official statement from the brand is below.
We at JACK SPADE are disappointed with Wednesday's Board of Appeals ruling. In our minds and in accordance with the district's code, JACK SPADE is not 'formula retail' and we have been completely transparent regarding our relationship to our parent company. While we disagree with the decision, we respect the Board and the community's passion and will not pursue plans to open in the Mission District. We have nothing but admiration for the Mission District and remain fans of the neighborhood and its unique character.
· Jack Spade [Official Site]
· San Francisco Residents Are Fighting Off a Jack Spade Store [Racked]
· Mission Neighbors Tell Jack Spade to 'Jack Off' [Racked SF]