David Helpern, who founded Joan & David with his then-wife, Joan Helpern, in 1967, has died at the age of 94. The couple's label Joan & David came out in 1977, and eventually the portfolio expanded to include David & Joan men's wear, Joan & David Too, and women' ready-to-wear and accessories. Joan & David, which is now owned by Nine West, won the Footwear News Designer of the Year award in 1986 and the FFANY award in 1990.

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