Vince Camuto

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*Born in Manhattan, NY in 1950 -Italian descent

*Began his career as a footwear designer before co-finding Nine West Group (known as Nine West)

-He created the company name in 1979 after looking’ out of his office window and seeing it was located on 9 West 57th street.

-Sold the company in 1999 to Jones Apparel Group

*Created the Camuto Group in 2001 -His goal was to offer women the best in products at a value that would not compromise high standards and quality craftsmanship

*In 2005 bought the master license of Jessica Simpson for $15 million, which now brings in over $750 million

*In 2006 partnered with Tory Burch for her footwear collection to create the “Reva” ballet flat, which is still widely popular today

*Today his products are sold in over 5,400 department stores and retailers throughout the world

*Major contributer to: St. Jude’s Hospital, Leukemia Society of America and the Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation

Fun Fact: Married the 1st runner up of Miss Universe 1992

 

http://www.camutogroup.com/ceo; http://www.money.cnn.com; famousbirthdays.com; accessoriesmagazine.com

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