Vince Camuto Dies After Battle With Cancer

by MR Magazine Staff

Vince CamutoDesigner Vince Camuto has died at 78 after a battle with cancer.

Camuto, a native New Yorker, co-founded the shoe brand Nine West in 1978 and served as its creative director. He became CEO in 1993 when the company went public. The company was sold to Jones Apparel Group in 1999. He founded the Camuto Group in 2001 as a footwear design, sourcing, marketing and production service for retailers and then launched the Vince Camuto footwear brand in 2005. In 2006 he helped Tory Burch launch a footwear collection. His own collection has grown to include apparel and accessories; he launched menswear in 2013.

Camuto, a father of five, was honored last June as a father of the year.