Ken­neth Jay Lane; cos­tume jew­elry de­signer

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries - By BRID­GET MORAWSKI

Ken­neth Jay Lane, the king of cos­tume jew­elry who rev­o­lu­tion­ized the fash­ion in­dus­try in the 1960s with his real­is­tic repli­ca­tions of price­less gems, died July 20 at his home in Man­hat­tan. He was 85.

The cause was a heart at­tack, said Chris Shep­pard, the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Ken­neth Jay Lane Inc.

A de­signer who pre­ferred the term in­ven­tor, Lane charmed the fash­ion elite and the Amer­i­can mid­dle class alike with his in­ex­pen­sive, near car­bon copies of costlier cre­ations. By 1975, his com­pany had 2,000 stores world­wide. His de­voted fol­low­ing of movie stars, po­lit­i­cal spouses and mem­bers of Euro­pean royal fam­i­lies made him one of the most well-con­nected men in New York City. The Duchess of Wind­sor was buried in a Ken­neth Jay Lane faux emer­ald snake bracelet, per her re­quest.

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