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  • AllSaints Announces Exclusive Partnership with Camuto Group at FFANY

    August 1, 2015, London
    Following the launch of the brand's first comprehensive handbag collection, The Capital Collection, in July, AllSaints announce a new partnership with Camuto Group, with the first collections arriving in AllSaints stores and concessions worldwide from Spring 2016.

    William Kim, AllSaints CEO, says "As AllSaints grows its non-apparel categories globally, we are excited to be partnering with the world's leading footwear experts at Camuto Group. AllSaints is passionate about offering its customers around the world the very best quality, design and craftsmanship in all collections, from ready-to-wear to handbags; and as we enter our 22nd year in 2016 we see huge potential in footwear with this collaboration.".

    About AllSaints

    AllSaints is a premium British fashion house with a digital mindset and an innovative approach to global branding, designing women's, men's and accessories collections from its global headquarters in East London. AllSaints has approximately 2500 employees across 14 countries, curating every aspect of their brand experience in-house, from store design and construction to their global e-commerce platform. AllSaints is a global brand. with anindependent spirit.

    Founded in 1994, AllSaints has 125 directly operated stores, concessions and outlets in 10 countries including UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands and South Korea. AllSaints.com ships directly to more than 200 countries.

  • ED by Ellen Partners with Camuto Group

    New York, NY - September 8, 2015
    Leading distributor of women's fashion footwear, Camuto Group has entered a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres' new lifestyle collection, ED, set to kick off for the Spring 2016 season. ED footwear is comprised of a mix of casual and athletic styles. Its sophisticated and wearable look showcases thoughtful attention to detail, reflecting Ellen DeGeneres' personal style and spirit. " I am so excited for my brand to partner with the Camuto Group. They say you have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to really know how they feel. Well, now you can literally walk a mile in my shoes, or even further if you choose," said Ellen DeGeneres. The collection will offer a wide range of both urbane and sharp sport styles made of soft leather, luxe suede, natural linen, canvas and denim in neutrals, whites and shades of blue with pops of red. The prices will range from $80.00 to $300.00 and will be available at better department stores and specialty boutiques. Alex Del Cielo, Chief Executive Officer, Camuto Group, said "We are excited to partner with Ellen and her ED by Ellen DeGeneres brand. Ellen has broad, global appeal and her interest in making stylish, comfortable footwear is a tremendous opportunity in the marketplace. We anticipate strong brand growth and are eager to build the business together worldwide." Launched in June, ED offers an array of product that includes home, apparel and accessories available at EDbyEllen.com

    ABOUT ED ED is Ellen DeGeneres' new American lifestyle brand inspired by her iconic style, values and personality. With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high quality collection of women's apparel, accessories and decorative home. The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and the consumers around the world. EDbyEllen.com.

    ABOUT CAMUTO GROUP Camuto Group is a leading organization for design, development and distribution of women’s fashion footwear. Renowned for its ability to develop lifestyle brands on a global scale, Camuto Group is building on the success of the Vince Camuto&reg and VC Signature Vince CamutoTM brands, extending into collections such as the recently introduced Louise et Cie&reg brand, Two By Vince Camuto&reg brand and a menswear line. Camuto Group also holds the footwear licenses for brands such as BCBGeneration&reg, BCBGMAXAZRIA&reg, Lucky Brand&reg and Jessica Simpson Collection&reg. The portfolio also includes the sourcing of footwear for Tory Burch&reg, as well as a partnership with Bernard Chaus. Revered for its ability to design and source, the company and its partners operate 95 retail locations globally and products are sold in over 5,400 doors worldwide.

  • Jessica Simpson on Vince Camuto: "My Mentor, My Family"

    Footwear News - January 22, 2015
    Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto's longtime business partner, took to Instagram last night to mourn the executive and celebrate his major impact on her life. "Thank you, Vince, for the humble power that has taken me everywhere. You are my mentor, my family, the creator of all my dreams. I will forever walk in your shoes…you made them," Simpson wrote in a post.

  • Vince Camuto, Legendary Footwear Executive, Dies

    Footwear News - January 22, 2015
    Vince Camuto, the footwear legend behind two of the industry's biggest success stories, has died. He was 78. The co-founder of Nine West famously grew that business into a major powerhouse, sold it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999, took a brief break and did it all again in late 2001, launching Camuto Group. "If you look at the successes of the best companies in America, it was the culture that was built and remained long after the principals weren't there," Camuto told FN last year. "It's never about one person. It's the teams you put in place. Without the right people, you're nowhere." Camuto was one of the industry's most revered leaders, hugely respected by friends, colleagues and competitors. He broke new territory on many fronts, including being one of the first footwear executives to develop an export business in Brazil. "The minutes I walked into those factories in Brazil my eyes opened as wide as could be," he recalled a few years ago. "I couldn't believe the size of these factories and that they were empty. With some infrastructure and money, I knew there was so much potential." "When I think of the people that made a significant impact in my career Vince Camuto is at the top of the list," said Debbie Ferree, DSW's vice chairman and chief merchandising officer. "He was a great teacher and mentor since I joined the footwear industry. He remained that individual his whole life. He made a tremendous impact on me personally and professionally." Matt Rubel, former head of Payless ShoeSource and

    Cole Haan said: "He had the finest taste level of anyone in the American footwear industry. He brought more pretty shoes to women than anyone over the past 30 years."

    Kenneth Cole tweeted: "Hearts out to a shoe industry icon and legend Vince Camuto. A man who consistently defied all odds. A role model for so many."

    Just last month, host of big names — including Marigay McKee, Liz Rodbell, Reed Krakoff and Paul Andrew— turned out to fete Camuto's new book, "Life of Style." The party was hosted by Tommy Hilfiger, a close friend of Camuto's, and one of his biggest supporters. "He's the best product guy in the business. I don't think there's a better person," Hilfiger told FN a few years ago. "He knows how to build a product women love and to offer it at the best possible price. There are style price equations, and Vince nails it every single time." Camuto received countless Footwear News Achievement Awards, first appearing on stage in 1991 when Fisher Camuto Group won company of the year. Nine West received retailer of the year in 1994. After starting his namesake brand, he received launch of the year in 2005 and brand of the year in 2011. The most memorable of them all was the Lifetime Achievement Award he received in 2013. (Camuto was inducted into FN’s Hall of Fame in 2001.) At the time of his Lifetime Achievement Award, Camuto told FN: “[Retire] isn’t in my vocabulary. As people come up through the company, I can do less…We have teams of great people. The greatest thrill is when you see them grow. That’s the greatest accomplishment.” Camuto died at home in Greenwich, Conn. surrounded by his wife, Louise Camuto, and his five children.

  • Vince Camuto's Most Iconic Shoes

    Footwear News - January 22, 2015
    Yesterday, the footwear industry lost a giant with the passing of Vince Camuto at age 78. A veteran of the business and friend to many, he also helped Jessica Simpson (who expressed her condolences), Tory Burch and BCBG grow their respective shoe brands into the behemoths they are today.

    After co-founding a little brand you might have heard of called Nine West before selling it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999, Camuto launched his eponymous company in 2001.

  • Designer Vince Camuto Dies at 78, Jessica Simpson Shares Touching Tribute to Her 'Mentor'

    People, Stylewatch- January 22, 2015
    Vince Camuto's fingerprints are on tons of stuff in your closet, from his eponymous shoe, handbag and clothing line to footwear licensing agreements with brands like Tory Burch, Banana Republic and BCBG Max Azria. So when he died of cancer at 78 Wednesday, the fashion industry felt the loss acutely — including Jessica Simpson, whose multimillion dollar fashion empire is owned by Camuto’s company. She took to Instagram to share a photograph and tribute.

    Along with a photo of herself with the designer and his wife Louise, she wrote: "It is never about one person. It's the teams you put in place. Without the right people, you're nowhere. -Vince Camuto. Thank you, Vince, for the humble power that has taken me everywhere. You are my mentor, my family, the creator of all my dreams. I will forever walk in your shoes … you made them. #brokenheart"

    According to WWD, Camuto was one of the founding partners of the Nine West group in 1978, which he sold for nearly $900 million in 1999. Not content with that achievement, he founded the Vince Camuto group in 2001 and by 2005 had several of his own signature lines, as well as licensing deals with a wide variety of brands. Just this week, celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt and Victoria Justice wore his pieces — and he was a style editor favorite, too!

  • Vince Camuto, fashion designer and Nine West creator, dies at 78 after cancer battle

    Footwear News - January 22, 2015
    The designer, who co-founded mass-market shoe company Nine West and, more recently, his own eponymous footwear and clothing brand, died Wednesday. Camuto helped launch singer Jessica Simpson's career as a successful fashion and shoe designer.

    Fashion mainstay Vince Camuto, famous for co-founding the Nine West footwear brand, has died at age 78 after a battle with cancer. The native New Yorker, who more recently created his own eponymous line of mass-market shoes, accessories and clothing, died Wednesday in his Greenwich, Conn., home surrounded by his family, WWD reports.

    Among other things, Camuto played a crucial role in launching singer Jessica Simpson's own fashion empire, serving as her mentor and business partner. The 34-year-old celebrity-turned-businesswoman took to Instagram late Wednesday night to express her grief, using one of Camuto's own quotes to remember her mentor. "It is never about one person," Simpson wrote. "It's the teams you put in place. Without the right people, you're nowhere."

  • Vince Camuto's Most Iconic Shoes

    Footwear News - January 22, 2015
    Yesterday, the footwear industry lost a giant with the passing of Vince Camuto at age 78. A veteran of the business and friend to many, he also helped Jessica Simpson (who expressed her condolences), Tory Burch and BCBG grow their respective shoe brands into the behemoths they are today.

    After co-founding a little brand you might have heard of called Nine West before selling it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999, Camuto launched his eponymous company in 2001.

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  • Vince Camuto appearance on “Market Makers” on Bloomberg Television

    New York City, NY - JUne 10th, 2014
    Vince Camuto discusses the evolution of menswear and his Vince Camuto Men’s collection, the family business and Father’s Day gifts with GQ publisher Chris Mitchell on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers”.

     

  • Vince Camuto appearing on “In the Loop” with Betty Liu on Bloomberg TV

    New York City, NY - February 19th, 2014
    Vince Camuto discusses his vision of providing quality, fashionable men’s clothing at a reasonable price on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop”

     

  • VINCE CHARMING - Vince Wins FN Lifetime Achievement Award

    New York, NY - December 2, 2013
    His instincts are spot on. His drive is unmatched. For more than 50 years, Vince Camuto has proven why he's the ultimate people person. BY NEIL WEILHEIMER [Footwear News]

    "If you look at the successes of the best companies in America, it was the culture that was built and remained long after the principals weren't there," said Vince Camuto. "It's never about one person. It's the teams you put in place. Without the right people, you're nowhere." Camuto, 77, the industry impresario who ushered in new ways of doing business and masterminded two wildly successful companies, has always focused on the power of people. In fact, it's been the cornerstone of his career - and one that's served as an inspiration to the next generation.

    For instance, in 2007, son John Camuto, then a summer intern at the Greenwich, Conn.- based Camuto Group, traveled to Brazil with his father. The two could have checked in to any luxury hotel. Instead, they stayed for several days at the home of a local factory owner. For the son, who along with his four siblings grew up around the footwear business, the trip made an impression. It encapsulated what the name Vince Camuto means around the world. "All these factory owners had such great respect for my father and such loyalty to him. They would do anything for him, and he for them. It was unbelievable," said John Camuto, now 24 and a retail and product manager at the privately held family firm. "It was a great example of what he'd taught me my whole life: How you treat people is the way other people will treat you." That philosophy has served the elder Camuto well over the years. The co-founder of Nine West famously grew that business, sold it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999, took a brief break and did it all again in late 2001, launching Camuto Group.

    "He's the best product guy in the business. I don't think there's a better person," said designer and good friend Tommy Hilfiger. "He knows how to build a product women love and to offer it at the best possible price. There are style price equations, and Vince nails it every single time." For decades Camuto has mixed his passion for people with the right amount of merchandising moxie. It's a one-two punch that's worked since he entered the footwear business fielding customer complaints at I. Miller on New York's Fifth Avenue in the late 1950s. Camuto, who grew up fatherless on Manhattan's Lower East Side, quickly learned about the inner workings - or what didn't work, for that matter - of a shoe by listening to women gripe about heel heights, toe fit and painful arches. A natural with the customers, Camuto soon was tapped for the sales floor, where his smooth showmanship had wealthy women and famous faces buying mostly from him. Then, in the early 1960s, one of Camuto's mentors, Ted Poland, urged him to interview for a fashion director position with John Irving in Miami. Well-suited for the job, Camuto moved his young family south. At 24, he was forecasting next season's hot trends not just for the local store on Lincoln Road but for the chain's other doors as well. What's more, the experience exposed Camuto to the moderate-priced market and gave him the chance to manage personnel, cash flow and inventory. His skills were noticed early on, and company bosses eventually transferred him to the headquarters in Boston. A few years later, Camuto's mentor came calling again. This time, Poland, a self-made entrepreneur who Camuto aspired to emulate, had an opening perfectfor a hungry go-getter. Poland needed someone to turn around one of his money-losing Sudbury Shoe Co. factories in Farmington, Maine. Camuto took a shot and began commuting from Boston to Maine regularly, absorbing everything about manufacturing and wholesaling. But his ambitions were bigger. He had the factory color up blank skins to create soft, visually striking pumps. Those styles, he said, helped the factory earn a profit. Armed with wholesale and retail knowledge, Camuto had an idea to strike out on his own, though it didn't happen right away. Over the next few years, he held a variety of jobs. Then an opportunity in 1970 with Sumitomo Corp. enabled him to develop an export business in Brazil. "The minute I walked into those factories in Brazil my eyes opened as wide as could be," said Camuto. "I couldn't believe the size of these factories and that they were empty. With some infrastructure and money, I knew there was so much potential."

    But good fortune comes in more ways than one. The Japanese firm also used another contractor named Jack Fisher. The two executives clicked quickly and in 1977 formed Fisher Camuto, the precursor to Nine West. With strong leadership and a bold vision to offer trendy footwear at affordable prices, the company barreled ahead. Nine West, named after the executives' office location at 9 W. 57th St., immediately gained market share - and another business partner, Wayne Weaver. The trio opened dozens of stores, jazzed up the logos and improved the quality of existing product lines that included brands Nine West and Enzo Angiolini, among others. "Vince is a super-talented individual who over the years has translated fashion at popular price points for a larger audience to enjoy and be a part of," said Nordstrom Inc. President Blake Nordstrom, who first met Camuto in 1983 as a shoe buyer in the family department store. "His body of work speaks for itself. In my career, only a handful of people have been able to achieve what Vince has."

    In 1993 the Nine West triumvirate took the company public and two years later doubled its size by buying the shoe division of competitor U.S. Shoe Corp. By the time Jones came calling, the conglomerate had to fork over $1.4 billion. For Camuto, the move marked his first break from the industry. He spent time with his family, traveled extensively and boosted his portfolio of covetable antiques and majestic mansions. But he couldn't stay away long from the thrill of the business. In 2001, Alex Dillard, a friend and longtime business partner, was aiming to enhance his family retail chain's private-label footwear collection. He called Camuto. Within months, Camuto and his wife, Louise, had crafted brand names like Gianni Bini and Antonio Melani for Dillard's, sketched designs and opened factories in Brazil. "We were just helping him. At the same time, it was the most fun we'd had. It was very exciting," said Camuto. "But we can't do anything small. We invested, making this a company, because when somebody bestows that kind of responsibility on you, you have to make it work," Indeed, they did. In fact, the Camutos kept building. In the next decade, Camuto Group, which shifted the bulk of production to China, added to its holdings with footwear for Max Azria, Tory Burch and a namesake Vince Camuto line. The team struck early gold after paying $15 million for the Jessica Simpson license, which, according to company executives, is now a $1 billion brand. And Camuto's eponymous label stands to hit $700 million in global retail sales this year. "Vince has been an extremely important personality in the shoe business for as long as I can remember because he knows this business inside and out," said Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO of Macy's Inc. "It is his extraordinary talent and his vast experience that have combined to create an impressive array of shoe brands, including Tory Burch, Jessica Simpson and our very own INC shoe line." Under Camuto, the firm eventually rounded out its portfolio with Lucky Brand, Louise et Cie, VC Signature and by taking a major stake in apparel firm Chaus Inc. It also focused on building its licensing programs and lifestyle categories. Now the company, which has 1,300 employees, is in 30 product categories, with 50 stores worldwide. So would Camuto retire? "That word isn't in my vocabulary," he said. “As people come up through the company, [I can do] less. We are the traffic managers. That's what I'd like to do more of. I can only be in one place at a time. It's not all Vince Camuto. We have teams of great people. The greatest thrill is when you see them grow. That is the greatest accomplishment."

  • Camuto Group Builds Its Empire

    New York, NY - June 3, 2013
    Camuto Group is heading into spring '14 with a major expansion strategy for both its in-house and licensed brands - and the plan goes far beyond shoes.

    From left: Jeff Howald, Vince Camuto, Louise Camuto and Alex DelCielo

    The privately held, Greenwich, Conn.-based firm is focused on aggressive global retail growth for the Vince Camuto and VC Signature labels, while the Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand and BCBG divisions all will expand their assortments over the next few seasons.

    "We are concentrating on expanding the depth of the company and building strong brands," said CEO Vince Camuto.

    The push comes on the heels of a flurry of activity at the company, including recent promotions within the top executive ranks. COO Alex DelCielo added the president's title, while Greg Morel was elevated to president of the international division from VP of international. Several other longtime employees also were promoted.

    "There's nothing like growth from within," Camuto said. "It's right for the company to have these people elevated and taking on additional responsibilities, and at the same time, it's good for them personally."

    DelCielo, who has been working with Camuto for 25 years, noted the promotions put the company on solid footing for its next phase.

    "From a management standpoint, we feel good about the team we have in place today," he said. "There's a lot of expertise and a lot of experience in our group, and it really pays dividends."

    While many companies have experienced a rocky start to the year, due in part to weather woes that delayed spring business, Camuto Group is benefiting from an emphasis on the transition-friendly bootie across several of its brands.

    "We've had strong growth in the lower double digits," DelCielo said, adding that retail is becoming a more significant part of the equation. "We are rolling out stores relatively quickly, so you'll see a greater percentage of growth there [for 2013]."

    Last month, Camuto unveiled its first VC Signature flagship in New York, bringing the Camuto-branded domestic door count to 11. Located on Madison Avenue, the boutique carries the Vince Camuto line and higher-end VC Signature collection, both of which include apparel and accessories, as well as shoes.

    Another first for the company was the late May debut of the Vince Camuto flagship in London, on Kensington High Street. The store opened through a partnership with Kurt Geiger Ltd., a division of The Jones Group Inc.

    In all, the Vince Camuto brand now has 30 locations globally, and plans are in the works for 100 additional doors over the next three to five years. Key projected openings stateside for Vince Camuto include Las Vegas, Miami, Atlanta and Newport Beach, Calif. Globally, the label has its sights set on Canada, China, South America and Central America. "If you look at, strategically, where our focus is, it's Vince Camuto retail, it's the growth of Vince Camuto internationally and it's the expansion of categories within the Vince Camuto brand," DelCielo said.

    Camuto Group CFO Jeff Howald pointed out that the time was ripe for retail expansion not only because of strong sales in the existing stores but also based on Vince Camuto and VC Signature's performance at wholesale. "The stores that have opened, we have been really pleased with their success," he said. "It's great for our brand awareness and it's a natural addition to what we already have on the wholesale side."

    Nordstrom, a key partner that recently named Camuto one of its "Partners in Excellence," lauded the company and the leadership of its founder. "[Vince] is very passionate about product and getting it right for the customer. He is a true partner and always brings new ideas to the table. He is always looking through the lens of the customer," said Scott Meden, EVP and GMM of shoes.

    One major wholesale move during the past year was the launch of the Louise et Cie footwear brand, the brainchild of Camuto's wife, Louise Camuto, president of marketing for the firm and creative director of the Vince Camuto brand.

    The label soft launched for spring '13 at department stores such as Lord & Taylor and Dillard's, and a larger offering is planned for spring '14. Priced at $118 to $295, the sleek silhouettes with understated, feminine accents, are aimed at filling a price niche between VC Signature and Vince Camuto. "We had customers asking for more classic [looks, so Louise et Cie] is updated modern classics that aren't frumpy," said Louise Camuto. "It's a very exciting opportunity."

    Leah Robert, who was recently promoted to EVP of licensing and marketing from SVP, noted that additional categories could be in the label’s future.

    Camuto Group already has seen solid success outside the footwear arena with its flagship brand. Vince Camuto has a presence in 18 women's and 13 men's categories, from bedding and fragrance to hosiery, and it aims to increase those numbers.

    "We definitely look to have additional accessory and apparel partnerships in the women's and men's sides, and expand to more categories down the road, even luggage," Robert said.

    The year 2014 will mark the next evolution of the Jessica Simpson line, for which Camuto Group holds the master license.

    According to Robert, the brand, already in 30 categories, will introduce baby shoes for holiday '13, followed by baby apparel and lifestyle products for spring '14. A home collection also will debut in fall '14, and bridal could be in the label's future. "Our strategy is to keep it authentic to Jessica Simpson," Robert said. "[A family focus] is where she is right now, and her customer is also maturing, which has allowed her to grow beyond the [previous] classifications."

    All told, Vince Camuto said he is upbeat about the entire portfolio's prospects for the coming seasons. "There is not too much room for error [in today's market], but the product speaks for itself," he said. "When you walk through the [showroom during FFANY], you'll see that all the [footwear] brands have a distinct point of view. We cover the spectrum and it's clear what each one represents."

  • Vince Camuto: The Billion Dollar Fashion Man

    United Kingdom - May 23, 2013
    Meet Vince Camuto, the man behind the billion-dollar fashion labels who's bringing the lifestyle brand phenomenon to the UK.

    You may not have heard of Vince Camuto yet, but you're definitely about to.

    The US lifestyle brand is making its first inroads into Britain with a new shoes and accessories store on Kensington High Street in the capital but it doesn't plan on stopping there. Already sold in 60 countries around the world, the brand has its sights set on conquering the UK next, despite its current anonymity with British shoppers.

    The man behind the branding is affable native New Yorker Vince Camuto, who founded shoe chain Nine West in the late Seventies. Following the sale of Nine West in 1999, Camuto founded the Camuto Group, which facilitated design, marketing, production and sourcing for multiple, well-known global brands. In 2005 he decided to try his hand at creating an all-encompassing brand that went beyond purely shoes and provided quality, trend and affordability in one fashionable package - and so his eponymous label was born.

    With 18 stores in New York city alone, 31 categories and two lines, Vince Camuto the brand is a blazing behemoth Stateside. Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes and Anne Hathaway are just a few of his known A-list fans, although it's safe to say that the majority of Hollywood's starlets have Vince Camuto in their wardrobe.


    Jessica Alba in Vince Camuto shoes, Jaime King carrying a Vince Camuto clutch and Katie Holmes wearing Camuto pumps. Photos: Rex

    Camuto admits the move into the UK is late, but is insistent that there is "white space" for it to fill. But this space doesn't sit beside the likes of Zara or Topshop, it sits firmly above them, offering better quality at a slightly higher price (shoes start at around £85 and bags at about £100). "We cater for the modern woman who wants to wear great courts, great pumps that are comfortable and of exceptional quality," he says, emphasising that every shoe is completely flexible with dappled, gripped soles.

    "When we come to London we see the same the stores that were here 20 years ago, which is fine but it's the same old, same old and I think the young consumer is looking for what's next," and that, he says, is his brand. The offerings are as trend-led as the aforementioned high street brands, but they certainly offer a higher standard, using butter-soft and rich-grained leather, real suede and other luxurious fabrics as opposed to the sticky polyurethane we've come to accept. It's this which makes their target woman someone who's willing to spend a little more - think more young professional, less university student.


    Looks from Vince Camuto's spring/summer 2013 collection

    Aside from his eponymous label, Camuto is also the invisible man behind two of the world's biggest billion-dollar fashion brands - Tory Burch and Jessica Simpson. It was he who facilitated the launch of Tory Burch's shoe line in 2006, and helped create the now iconic (and money-making) 'Reva' ballet flat. Burch was welcomed into the billionaire club last year. Similarly, Camuto owns the master license for Jessica Simpson's eponymous fashion line, which hit the billion-dollar mark in 2011.

    There are more big names too, though he's not allowed to say exactly who: "We do shoes for just about everyone, I don't know if we're allowed to say, but any better shoe, we're making it." He's also hinted that he's working with a young London designer to help her get her "very highly-priced" shoes made. Who could it be?

    Although just footwear and handbags are available in the UK at the moment (across some 40 British department stores including Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams) the brand hopes to introduce its ready-to-wear line within the next 12 to 18 months too, and with someone like Vince behind it, that prospect can't possibly fail.

    Vince Camuto, 133 Kensington High Street, W8. vincecamuto.co.uk

  • VC Signature Opens Saturday on Madison Avenue

    NEW YORK, NY - May 25, 2013
    VC Signature, an upscale line from Vince Camuto, is getting ready to open its first retail location at 667 Madison Avenue here on Saturday.

    The 1,600-square-foot boutique has a modern, airy decor and offers selections from both VC Signature and Vince Camuto footwear, handbags, apparel, jewelry, swim, eyewear, women's and men's watches, as well as exclusives.

    VC Signature footwear and handbags are displayed along the walls near the store's entrance, while Vince Camuto merchandise is housed further back. VC Signature footwear retails from $195 to $695, whereas Vince Camuto footwear retails from $118 to $275. Signature design elements include slim, feminine silhouettes, open-toe and pointed-toe styles and hand-stitched, bejeweled and specialty embellishments.

    In addition to footwear, the VC Signature range includes handbags, sunglasses and jewelry. The jewelry, which retails from $150 to $300, features statement pieces such as necklaces, bracelets and cuffs that are handcrafted and embellished with stonework. They are designed by the company's licensee, Trebbiano. Handbags, ranging from clutches to oversize travel bags, use materials such as pony hair calf and leather.

    Vince Camuto apparel, with pieces specifically selected for Madison Avenue, is featured toward the back of the store. Black and white is the dominant color scheme, in sportswear, dresses, swimwear and cover-ups.

    "It's a really different concept," said Vince Camuto, who was in London for the opening of a Vince Camuto store on Kensington High Street in partnership with Kurt Geiger, a subsidiary of The Jones Group Inc. Camuto said it was too early to give first-year projections for the Madison Avenue store, which was designed by the in-house team.

    Jeffrey Howald, chief financial officer of Vince Camuto, said that the Madison Avenue store will most likely become the number-one unit in terms of sales.

    Camuto has been aggressively expanding its domestic store presence, with Vince Camuto flagship stores opening here in SoHo, Grand Central Terminal, 34th Street and the Flatiron District. The company also picked up several Shoebox locations (which have been converted to Vince Camuto stores), with one now open at 537 Third Avenue, as well as in the Americana Manhasset in Manhasset, N.Y., and Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale, N.Y. Two additional Shoebox locations will be converted to Vince Camuto stores this fall, at 1349 Third Avenue and 1222 Madison Avenue.

    Outside New York, a Vince Camuto store opened in Boca Raton, Fla., earlier this month, and another is slated for Las Vegas in June. Stores are also scheduled to open in Miami at the end of July; Atlanta in September; Newport Beach, Calif. in December, and Chicago next spring. Overall, there are 11 Vince Camuto stores in the U.S. (including Madison Avenue), with 16 in total expected by yearend.

    Leah Robert, executive vice president, said the company is looking at key market opportunities to open more VC Signature stores. Camuto noted that the company has also become very aggressive on the international front. Stores will be opening in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Japan, Australia, Central and South America, South Africa and Canada. The company, which has 30 international stores, plans to have 50 stores operating overseas by yearend.

  • Nordstrom honors Vince Camuto as a Partner in Excellence

    Chicago, IL - May 16, 2013
    Nordstrom saluted Vince Camuto and Sam Edelman as this year's "Partners in Excellence" at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday.

    The awards, established in 1992, honor the department store's top vendors. They recognize quality, value, service, partnership, business ethics, fashion, results and support for the firm's different channels, including Nordstrom Rack, according to Peter Nordstrom, EVP and president of merchandising.

    Although the company has thousands of vendors, Nordstrom said at the meeting, "The two people you'll meet today made it an easy choice because what they do is so rare and so extraordinary."

    Vince Camuto, Nordstrom noted, is not only one of the retailer's top footwear accounts but also the force behind other key brands, including Tory Burch. Camuto, he added, has been able to leverage footwear success into apparel and sportswear, which is "rare and difficult to do."

    During the presentation, Camuto commented, "We have the same work ethic that Nordstrom has, the same mentality and the vision - we are parallel as far as that's concerned. We love being a part of it. There is no other company like Nordstrom."

  • Bold, sexy sophisitcated first fragrance for men from designer Vince Camuto

    New York City, NY - August 12th 2012
    Bold, sexy sophisticated first fragrance for men from designer Vince Camuto

    The new fragrance for men by Vince Camuto, the fashion footwear and lifestyle designer recognized for his contemporary, sexy and sophisticated style will launch Fall 2012. "Vince Camuto is a strong, masculine scent that evokes an air of mystery - what every man needs. The fragrance is fresh and dynamic, pairing leather with sandalwood and vetiver giving every man an alluring confidence" says Vince Camuto of the first namesake fragrance for men.

    As polished as fine leather, Vince Camuto is a woody fragrance created by award-winning master perfumer Harry Fremont. Bold fresh notes open the fragrance; the brilliant citrus of Italian bergamot and the most sparkling mandarin are anchored with the spicy zest of black pepper. Lavender, energizing and refreshing, merges with the warm spice of nutmeg and the smooth sensuality of leather as this powerful, masculine arrangement finds its essence. Precious woods, vetiver and patchouli send a seductive, powerful message as the fragrance's leading elements emerge. Luxury surfaces with a final hint of rich musk assuring the unmistakably masculine impression of Vince Camuto.

    Vince Camuto is wrapped in leather, from the rich black facade of the bottle to the splendid notes of the fragrance inside. Standing out on the square, masculine bottle, as an emblem of heritage and style, is the seal of the Camuto family crest, in polished gunmetal, to highlight the glistening accents on the strong-shouldered bottle. "Vince Camuto's versatile, innovative aesthetic remains unmatched," observes Frederick E. Purches, CEO, Parlux Fragrances, LLC. "We are honored to continue our partnership with Vince Camuto on this launch, the first fragrance for men from a trend-setting designer whose place is firmly at the forefront of fashion and design. Capturing the essence of a strong-willed, confident man with a modern, sophisticated lifestyle, we've created a fragrance that, like the women's scent Vince Camuto is paired with, can go from day to night, week to weekend without a second thought."

    The Vince Camuto fragrance collection consists of 3.4 oz. Eau de toilette spray ($70.00), 1.7 oz. Eau de toilette spray ($57.00) and 2.75 oz. Alcohol free deodorant stick ($17.00).

    about the camuto group
    Vince Camuto is a lifestyle concept started by footwear icon Vince Camuto. The brand is built upon the principles ofquality, innovation and style and caters to a modern customer who is continuously knowledgeable about the hottest trends and insists upon versatility in product, from day to night, week to weekend yet will never compromise on style or quality. Key elements to the collection include premium detailing, modern fit and consumer accessibility. The products' price/value/aesthetic is unmatched in today's retail landscape. The product offering spans 19 classifications – including footwear, outerwear, sunglasses, handbags, small leather goods, belts, optical frames, jewelry, fragrance, sportswear, home, cold weather accessories, swimwear and dresses. The men's categories include fragrance, outerwear,footwear, sunglasses and optical frames.

    about parlux fragrances, llc
    Parlux Fragrances, LLC, is a manufacturer and international distributor of prestige products. It holds the licenses to manufacture and distribute the fragrance brands of Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Marc Ecko, Natori, Nicole Miller, Queen Latifah, and Fred Hayman Beverly Hills.

  • Vince Camuto's robust international expansion

    New York City, NY - July 26th, 2012
    Vince Camuto's robust international expansion

    Lifestyle brand Vince Camuto has impressively expanded its business internationally to more than 50 countries. The eponymous lifestyle brand spanning more than 20 product categories including footwear, handbags, sportswear, dresses, jewelry, swimwear and fragrance, has rolled out 30 stores internationally with plans to grow the business to over 100 doors in 2013.

    Beginning in 2009, Vince Camuto took its first step into the global arena and opened ten shop-in-shops across Korea. The Spring of 2010 marked the opening of the first international free-standing store in Tunisia and was quickly followed by store openings in Israel, Mexico, Algeria, Ukraine, Taiwan and the Philippines.

    The business in Mexico has been particularly strong with current locations in Angelopolis Mall in Puebla, as well as Antara Polanco Mall, an upscale open-air shopping center in Mexico City. Plans for a new location in Santa Fe Center Mall in Mexico City are currently in development.

    This year, Vince Camuto stores opened in Dubai, Singapore, Japan, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras and sales have been so strong that aggressive plans are in place for growth within each region.

    A flagship location at The Dubai Mall has generated a lot of buzz in the Middle East, a key market for the brand. The location encompasses 2,500 square feet and caters to shoppers at the world's largest shopping and entertainment mall venue.

    Additional store openings are planned for later this year in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Ukraine, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Mexico. Vince Camuto is also sold in various specialty stores globally, including Thailand, Spain, Italy, Greece, Canada, Turkey and Russia.

    In Spring 2012, Camuto Group also announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Kurt Geiger, Europe's largest upscale footwear retailer, across the UK, Germany and Ireland, with plans to launch in over 70 doors for Holiday 2012. The partnership will allow the Vince Camuto brand to experience strategic growth in Europe and expand the footprint in key department stores such as Selfridges, Harrods and Brown Thomas. Following on the heels of the Kurt Geiger deal, Camuto Group has secured an exclusive distribution agreement with Genesis Luxury, a major distributor and retailer in India. The first two stores are scheduled to open in key cities, including Delhi and Mumbai in 2013, followed by an additional fourteen locations over the next few years. Genesis Luxury currently represents iconic brands such as Jimmy Choo, Etro and Bottega Veneta. Vince Camuto comments, "We are excited about the brand's international growth and continue to look to key markets in the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe. We have a terrific global network supported by best-in-class partners and are planning for increased expansion in the Fall of 2012 and beyond."

    Vince Camuto's extensive expansion into the global market continues with impressive momentum and exponential growth. At least six locations are currently being developed for Japan in 2013, and plans are in development for multiple locations in China as well the first Vince Camuto flagship in Central London in March 2013. Offering trend and quality, and a skilled understanding of international markets, Vince Camuto continues to build a lifestyle brand that speaks to customers around the world.

    VINCE CAMUTO is a lifestyle concept started by footwear icon Vince Camuto. The brand is built upon the principles of quality, innovation and style and caters to a modern woman who is knowledgeable about the hottest trends and insists upon versatility in product, from day to night, week to weekend. Key elements to the collection include premium detailing, modern fit and consumer accessibility. The products' price, value and aesthetic are unmatched in today's retail landscape. The product offering spans 20 categories including footwear, handbags, ready to wear, dresses, coats, cold weather accessories, belts, jewelry, sun and optical, fragrance, home and swimwear, with a men's portfolio in development. Vince Camuto is currently available in over 1400 points of distribution globally and also online at www.vincecamuto.com.

  • Vince Camuto to be honored as a "visionary" at the ACE Awards

    New York City, NY - June 26th 2012
    Vince Camuto to be honored as "visionary" at the ACE Awards

    The Accessories Council has announced that Vince Camuto is to be awarded the coveted and esteemed "Visionary" ACE Award. The "Visionary" Award is presented annually and recognizes it honorees for their exceptional talent and contribution to the fashion and accessories industry.

    As one of the original founders of Nine West, Mr. Camuto built a stable of powerhouse footwear and accessory brands. After Mr. Camuto sold Nine West in 1999, he started the Camuto Group where he continues his impressive and inspired career, with his attention to detail, vision for future trends, and his passion for providing the consumer with contemporary product emphasizing value, comfort and quality. His namesake line, Vince Camuto, which was launched in 2009, has achieved amazing success and is expected to grow into almost 500 million in retail sales by the end of 2012.

    In spring 2012, Vince Camuto launched VC Signature, a collection of accessible luxury in exquisite, classic shoes and handbags, further imprinting his mark on the accessory industry.

    Vince Camuto began working in the footwear industry at age 17, where he built the foundation of his technical knowledge and his understanding of the importance of consumer interests and trends. Today, Camuto Group is a leader in the design, development and distribution of women’s fashion footwear and accessories and is renowned for its ability to build highly successful women’s lifestyle brands on a global scale. The company operates over 20 free-standing retail and outlet stores in the United States and its products are sold in over 5400 doors worldwide.

    Vince Camuto is honored to accept the “Visionary” ACE Award on November 5, 2012.

  • Vince Camuto and Kurt Geiger Partner For Large Scale European Growth

    New York City, NY - May 12th, 2012
    Vince Camuto and Kurt Geiger Partner For Large Scale European Growth

    Vince Camuto and Kurt Geiger today announced that they have entered into an exclusive retail distribution agreement for the Vince Camuto, VC Signature and Jessica Simpson brands that spans much of Europe. Under the agreement, Camuto and Kurt Geiger will partner exclusively in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

    Retail partners in the United Kingdom are planned to include Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges and House of Fraser while Brown Thomas and Karstadt are on board for Ireland and Germany respectively. Camuto and Kurt Geiger also plan to open a free-standing store in Central London in spring 2013.

    Neil Clifford, Chief Executive Officer of Kurt Geiger, commented, "We are very excited to be partnering with Vince Camuto across Europe. Vince is one of the rare true geniuses in the footwear world and his brands will help support our strategy of becoming the strongest footwear accessory player in Europe."

    Vince Camuto, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Camuto Group, said, "The team at Kurt Geiger is best-in-class; Neil's pioneering vision and direction has led to tremendous success. We believe that the partnership will allow both companies to achieve significant growth within the European market. We look forward to working closely to develop strong brand identities within the region and continue to expand strategically."

    Kurt Geiger is a division of The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE: JNY). The Jones Group and Camuto Group have been doing business together for the Jessica Simpson Collection since January 2010.

    About Camuto Group
    The Camuto Group is a leading organization for design, development and distribution of women's fashion footwear and is renowned for its ability to build women's lifestyle brands on a global scale. In addition to building the lifestyle brands Vince Camuto and VC Signature, Camuto Group is also the master licensee for Jessica Simpson and manages the footwear divisions for brands such as BCBGeneration, BCBG Max Azria and Lucky Brand. The company's portfolio also includes the design and sourcing of footwear for Tory Burch as well as a partnership with the apparel lifestyle brand Sanctuary. The company also operates over 30 free-standing stores globally and products are sold in over 5400 doors worldwide.

    About Kurt Geiger
    Kurt Geiger is Europe's leading authority on designer footwear and accessories for men and women. Kurt Geiger has 66 stores worldwide, 124 concessions within the UK and Europe's major department stores and the global flagships kurtgeiger.com and US.kurtgeiger.com. Since first opening its doors on Bond Street in 1963, Kurt Geiger has grown its own dedicated team of designers, merchandisers and buyers who make up the creative core of own brand labels - Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger, Carvela Kurt Geiger and Miss KG.

    Kurt Geiger sells over 150 luxury and contemporary brands within its broad retail distribution and since being acquired by The Jones Group in 2011 has continued to expand as a market leader with the management of The Jones Group brands across Europe.

    About The Jones Group
    The Jones Group (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags.The Jones Group has a reputation for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution and talent. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

    The Company's internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L) include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L), Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, B Brian Atwood (L), Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Jones Wear, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo, Rafe (L) and C&T Costello Tagliapietra (L).

  • Vince Camuto Lifestyle Collection Steps Into Canada for Fall 2012

    New York City, NY - March 3rd, 2012
    Vince Camuto Lifestyle Collection Steps Into Canada for Fall 2012

    Vince Camuto, the New York based label known for its bold, chic styling is pleased to announce its debut in Canada with the Fall 2012 launch of its lifestyle collection. Inspired by the modern woman, the collection incorporates contemporary trends, fine detailing and comfort.

    The namesake brand of New York born designer and footwear industry icon Vince Camuto has recently expanded into a full-lifestyle collection. The design is based upon the principles of quality, innovation and timeless style and caters to a modern customer who is knowledgeable about the hottest trends and insists upon versatility in product, from day to night and week to weekend, yet will never compromise on style or quality.

    Key elements to the collection include premium design, modern fit and consumer accessibility. The products' price/value/aesthetic is unmatched in today's retail landscape.

    Vince Camuto's true passion and focus is the design of a great product. Excited to build the Canadian business, Vince says "I am eager to reach Canadian women who have such amazing style and who also appreciate great value. We have many Canadian customers who are fans of the brand and we are so happy to offer them beautiful and accessible products."

    Vince Camuto is currently available in over 1400 points of distribution globally. It will be available at better specialty stores across Canada and select locations of the Bay this Fall. To view the current collection, please visit www.vincecamuto.ca.