Vince Camuto, CEO
Vince Camuto has established a widely respected reputation within the fashion industry over the past thirty years. He is known primarily for his passion; passion for product, passion for people, passion for life. Beyond this, and perhaps because of this, Camuto is lauded for his work ethic, strong and time-honored relationships, and innovative and creative approach to design, all of which have resulted in iconic industry successes.
The most widely recognized of Camuto's endeavors was the success achieved by Nine West Group while under his direction. Camuto co-founded the company in 1978 and served as its creative director and visionary force for the next two decades, during which time Nine West became a multi-platform household fashion brand – recognized internationally for offering women great fashion and footwear at a great value. Camuto was appointed CEO in 1993 as the company was taken public; his continued knowledge, expertise and ability to manage industry-leading design teams while executing the day to day operations of a multi-billion dollar corporation went well beyond standard executive management definitions, such that in 1999 Nine West was sold to Jones Apparel Group as a multi-branded footwear powerhouse.
During his time at Nine West, Camuto honed his inspiring leadership skills and creative vision, and built relationships in all areas of the fashion industry across the globe, many of which are maintained in business dealings with the Camuto Group to this day. Most importantly, Camuto established himself as a visionary, someone who is able to deliver high fashion products and high-concept designs to all tiers of the market, vertically integrating all price points.
With this mission and approach, Camuto founded the Camuto Group in 2001, which provides design, sourcing, marketing and production services to over 5400 department and independent retailers throughout the world. Initially several exclusive footwear lines were launched, followed by the acquisition of key licenses. In 2005 Camuto launched his namesake footwear line, Vince Camuto, which truly embodies his creative talent and commitment to value. Shortly thereafter in 2006, he partnered with Tory Burch to launch her footwear collection and collaborated with her to create the "Reva" ballet flat, which to date has become an iconic look for the brand.
In 2008, Camuto announced a number of key partnerships aimed at expanding the Camuto Group's portfolio. Current partnerships include roles as licensor, licensee and retail supplier with a variety of companies. To this day Camuto works personally with each and every department inspiring morale and ensuring that his singular vision is upheld.
Born and raised in New York City, Vince Camuto is a self-made man with both a strong work ethic and a great passion for design. Along with being a devoted husband and father to his five children, Camuto is an avid supporter of charities benefiting children, including St. Jude's Hospital, Leukemia Society of America and the Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation to name a few.
Awards and Accolades
|1994||Receives Footwear News "Chain Retailer of the Year" |
Award for Nine West Group.
|1997||Receives Honorary Doctorate of Management from Roger Williams University.|
|2001||Receives Footwear News Achievement Award -|
"Hall of Fame".
|2005||Receives Footwear News Achievement Award -|
"Launch of the Year"- for the Jessica Simpson Collection.
|2007||Receives WSA Best Booth Design Overall - July/August 2007|
|2007||Receives the Footwear Plus Excellence in Design Award|
|2007||Footwear News Power 100|
|2008||Footwear News Power 100|
In 2005 Vince Camuto purchased the master license for Jessica Simpson. The Jessica Simpson Collection is a complete lifestyle brand currently consisting of 18 product categories including:
- Small Leather Goods
- Hats, Scarves, Wraps
- Cold Weather Accessories
- Tween Footwear
- Tween Outerwear
In 2007 Camuto opened the first Jessica Simpson Collection shop-in-shop in Macy's Herald Square, New York. Based on the success of that launch, additional shops have opened in key markets, including Macy's Boca Raton, Pembroke and West Dade as well as a location at Belk's South Park.