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Lifetime Achievement: Vince Camuto

With his unmatched instincts and drive, Camuto is the ultimate people person.

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He’s Invincible
Industry leaders weigh in on what Vince Camuto means to them personally and professionally.

Louise Camuto
President of marketing & creative director, Vince Camuto

The teacher: “Everything I know, I have been taught by him. For the past 12 years, we’ve been working together. I knew nothing about shoes. It’s fun to be able to do this together.”

Terry Lundgren
Chairman, president & CEO, Macy’s Inc.

Memorable moment: “A few years ago, Vince and Louise were with me at an event where I was being presented an award by Jessica Simpson. Jessica was under the weather and losing her voice. The night was running behind schedule, people were getting antsy and the wine at the event was terrible. The only issue we could control was the wine. We found a waiter to get us a bottle of great Bordeaux instead. We kept it under the table and pretended like we were drinking the same bad house wine as everyone else. That just goes to show that with Vince, you might not be able to solve all the problems in front of you, but he’ll help you solve the most important ones.”

Tommy Hilfiger
Founder & designer, Tommy Hilfiger

Hidden talents: “His secret weapon is his wife, Louise, who has amazing taste. And, of course, she is extremely talented herself. If Vince was not a shoe maven, he’d be a home interior maven. He has incredible properties that he’s designed and built.”

Blake Nordstrom
President, Nordstrom Inc.

Greatest strength: “He really gets the customer. He loves the customer. To this day, he works around the clock. He’s in our stores constantly, comes in on weekends. He’s always working with our staff and talking with customers. He genuinely appreciates the customer.”

Debbie Ferrée
Vice chairman & chief merchandising officer, DSW Inc.

Mr. Mentor: “He’s an amazing businessman. He’s a great teacher, and he’s been a real inspiration to me in the footwear business, from the time when he was at Nine West, up until now. When I have an idea, when I’m thinking of something, I talk to him. I hope I always get the opportunity to stay close to him because I really value him as a mentor.”

 

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