Vince Camuto Dies of CancerThe fashion world said goodbye to another fashion icon this past Wednesday when Vince Camuto, celebrated shoe designer, passed away. Vince Camuto died inside of his home in Greenwich, Connecticut surrounded by his wife and five children. He was 78.
Vince with his wife, Louise, in 2014.
It was a long battle for the fashion god, but his family said that he went peacefully. Camuto is known for having founded the Nine West footwear line and will live on as a legend of setting footwear trends.
Vince was born and raised in New York City and lost his father when he was just two-years-old. He began his career in fashion at the young age of 18 by handling customer complaints at I. Miller. In his mid-30s he partnered with Jerome Fisher to found the Nine West Group in 1978. Nine West went public in 1993 and was later sold to the Jones Group Inc. for $900 million in 1999. Through the 1970s and 80s Nine West was one of the leading footwear brands in America.
“I really listened and learned, especially from the women. They told you what they liked, what they didn’t like,” said Camuto on his humble beginnings in retail.
Known for being both fashion-forward and accessible, Camuto’s namesake brands are sold by major retailers across the U.S., in addition to 30 Camuto-owned specialty stores. The private company did about 10 percent of its business overseas last year, with stores in 62 countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, England, Ireland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Israel, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Canada, according to Women’s Wear Daily.