The Quiet Titan of Retail

We were sad to learn last week that one of our footwear designers, Vince Camuto, died of cancer at age 78.

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Vince Camuto was first known for co-founding the Nine West Group nearly forty years ago. He worked there until 1999, when he sold the company and decided to go to work on a namesake footwear line, which we have carried for years. His brand expanded to include clothing, accessories and fragrances by the time of his death.

The New York Times called him the “quiet titan of retail,” an accurate statement if there ever were one. His work is often behind many other brand names with which you are familiar. “In recent years he was a business partner of both Tory Burch, the billionaire designer, and Jessica Simpson, the pop star who found a lucrative second career in the apparel business. He also collaborated with Banana Republic and BCBG, among many other companies.” (Source.)

What makes Vince Camuto interesting, beyond his business acumen, was not his personal aesthetic. Instead, it was his ability to tune into what his (and others’) customers wanted. Sometimes even before they knew what they wanted.

To see what Vince Camuto styles we have coming for Spring and Summer, pay us a visit and ask to see our Spring/Summer 2015 Look Book.

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