Saying Goodbye to the 6 Brands That Shuttered in 2015

They're gone, but not forgotten.

The final Marc By Marc Jacobs show, February 2015 (Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic).

The final Marc By Marc Jacobs show, February 2015 (Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic).

Saying goodbye is never easy to do. That rings especially true when the parting of ways requires coming to terms with the end of a fashionable era.

For some fashion designers, 2015 was a big year; Gucci dominated the scene, Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim celebrated a decade in the biz and both Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz decamped from their roles at Dior and Lanvin, respectively.

However, there were 6 brands that had a rather bleak year. From being folded into a main line, like Kate Spade Saturday and Marc by Marc Jacobs or just closing for good, as Jonathan Saunders did, we pay homage to these defunct brands. And while they might be gone, they certainly won’t be forgotten.

Jonathan Saunders

The Jonathan Saunders Spring / Summer 2016 show (Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jonathan Saunders Spring / Summer 2016 show (Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images)

Started: 2003
Shuttered:
December 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: With a faithful base of fans that included Michelle Obama and Sienna Miller, Mr. Saunders’ designs were polished, colorful and ideal for the modern woman.

Reed Krakoff

Reed Krakoff's last fashion show, in February 2014 (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Reed Krakoff’s last fashion show, in February 2014 (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Started: October 2009
Shuttered: March 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: From covetable leather bags to simply refined dresses, Reed Krakoff made a name for himself during his tenure at Coach and extended his design prowess into a namesake line. We’d be remiss not to mention the boutiques he designed, which were as much art instillations as they were shopping destinations. Expect to see Mr. Krakoff’s designs carried on through a Kohl’s range.

Band of Outsiders

The February 2014 Band of Outsiders presentation  (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

The February 2014 Band of Outsiders presentation (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Started: January 2004
Shuttered: May 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: The pinnacle of nerdy chic, Scott Sternberg was the heart and soul of Band of Outsiders, which outfitted both men and women in threads that were smart rather than sexy. Although the Band isn’t completely kaput, without its founder, it might as well be.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

A look from the final Marc by Marc Jacobs collection (Photo: Getty Images).

A look from the final Marc by Marc Jacobs collection (Photo: Getty Images).

Started: 2001
Shuttered: March 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: The little sister line to Marc Jacobs’ eponymous range had just come under the creative direction of Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier and hit its stride with clothing that was playful, but not juvenile. Luckily, the defunct brand will be merged into the main range, so it’s not going away for good.

Honor

An etherial Honor frock (Photo: Getty Images).

An etherial Honor frock (Photo: Getty Images).

Started: 2010
Shuttered: May 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: While Honor’s founder Giovanna Randall will continue to produce bridal and custom orders, she has put her ready-to-wear range on an indefinite hiatus. That means no more fashion shows set in an enchanted forest or ethereal gowns in vibrant hues.

Kate Spade Saturday

Kate Spade Saturday (Photo: Kate Spade Saturday).

Kate Spade Saturday (Photo: Kate Spade Saturday).

Started: March 2013
Shuttered:
 March 2015
Why We’ll Miss It: Adorably kitschy, bright and surprisingly affordable, the sister brand to Kate Spade New York was an easy go-to for cheeky home goods and quirky gifts. Similarly to Marc by Marc, this line was absorbed into Kate Spade.

Saying Goodbye to the 6 Brands That Shuttered in 2015