The iconic fashion designer Vince Camuto died in his home from cancer at the age of 78.
The iconic figure in the fashion industry was known for building the brand Nine West and then eventually selling it to Jones Apparel Group and then went on to create Camuto Group, which focused on women’s fashion footwear in 2001.
“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.”
Vince Camuto was one of the fashion industry’s most highly respected leaders, by breaking new territory, including being one of the first footwear executives to develop an export business in Brazil.
Footwear designer jessica Simpson posted this tribute for her mentor on Instagram:
“Thank you, Vince, for the humble power that has taken me everywhere,” the mother of two wrote. “You are my mentor, my family, the creator of all my dreams. I will forever walk in your shoes…you made them. #brokenheart.”