Obit: Remembering Jodi Fisher

The footwear industry reflects on a life of pioneering work and how it dramatically transformed Shoes on Sale.

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with contributions from Lindsay E. Sammon

Jodi Fisher

Photo By John Aquino

NEW YORK — Jodi Fisher, the visionary behind FFANY Shoes on Sale and VP of public relations and media at Nine West and Jones Apparel Group, died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia. She was 49.

Though Fisher, daughter of Nine West co-founder Jerome Fisher, had been ensconced in the footwear world since childhood, she made a name for herself by creating Shoes on Sale and turning a small charity event into a national breast cancer fundraiser.

“The shoe industry should always remember Jodi as the founder of Shoes on Sale,” her father told Footwear News. “I am going to deeply miss my wonderful daughter.”

Fisher is survived by her husband, Paul Horowitz; children Elizabeth, Jared and Tate; mother Joy Fisher; father Jerome “Jack” Fisher and stepmother Anne Fisher; and brothers Jeffrey and Marc Fisher.

“The Fisher family has a long history of leadership and innovation in the footwear industry,” said Wes Card, CEO of Jones Apparel Group. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to them in their time of loss.”

Fisher was born in Newton, Mass., and shortly after graduating from Boston University began her career in public relations and advertising. In 1992, she joined White Plains, N.Y.-based Nine West and Jones Apparel and the following year launched Shoes on Sale.

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