A legend in the footwear industry, Vince Camuto is remembered first and foremost for his passion: passion for product, passion for people, passion for life. Camuto was also renowned for his formidable work ethic, innovative approach to design, and strong, time-honored relationships with colleagues and business partners.
Footwear Industry Pioneer
In 1978, Camuto co-founded the iconic American footwear company, Nine West. During his two-decade tenure as the company's creative director, Camuto proved a visionary force, leading Nine West to record growth and solidifying brand identity synonymous with high style and moderate pricing.
Appointed CEO in 1993 as Nine West went public, Camuto maintained hands-on management of his top-tier design teams while balancing operations of a multi-billion dollar corporation. In 1999, Nine West, then established as a multi-branded footwear powerhouse, was sold to Jones Apparel Group.