Fashion designer and footwear legend Vince Camuto Dies at 78

By: Farrah Estrella

Vince Camuto

Fashion designer and footwear legend Vince Camuto died today from cancer
at the age of 78. According to WWD, the designer died peacefully in his
Connecticut home surrounded by family including his wife Louise Camuto and his
five children.

Camuto was born and raised in New York. In addition to his
clothing designs he is mostly known for his shoes. He was the co-founder of Nine West, a brand he
helped become a major powerhouse in the
shoe industry. He sold it to Jones Apparel Group in 1999, took a two year break
because of his non-compete with Nine West and did it all over again in 2001 by
launching The Camuto Group along with his namesake brand.
A man of impeccable taste he revolutionized the
footwear industry by making fashion forward and affordable shoes. The Vince
Camuto Group designs for private labels such as Banana Republic, Tory Burch,
Jessica Simpson, Ann Taylor, BCBG among others.
A self-made man, he was admired by his peers for
his strong work ethic and his passion for design. Camuto was also an avid
supporter of charities benefiting children, including St. Jude’s Hospital,
Leukemia Society of America and the Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation just to
name a few.
He won many awards including: “Chain Retailer of
the Year” in 1994 while at Nine West and the “Footwear Plus Excellence in
Design Award” in 2007 among others.
Check out some of his shoe designs in the
slideshow below. 
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By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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