Vince Camuto, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Camuto Group
Coming off a very strong 2010, this year's event will focus on providing brands and retailers with the tools needed for continued growth across channels and across the globe. The Footwear News CEO Summit will combine high-profile keynote presentations with intensive interactive working sessions and a strong focus on key industry issues including:
* The latest on the international front
* The return of luxury
* Developing multi-brand strategies
* What department store merchandise managers really want
* Getting digital (including social media) right
Vince Camuto is founder and chief executive officer of Camuto Group, which provides design, sourcing, marketing and production services to more than 5,400 department stores and independent retailers throughout the world. He has developed key partnerships with leading brands as Tory Burch, BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Sanctuary Clothing, Lucky Brand Jeans and Banana Republic.
In 2005, Mr. Camuto launched his namesake footwear line, Vince Camuto, and has since expanded the lifestyle brand to include
handbags, coats, eyewear, belts and cold weather accessories.
Mr. Camuto is an avid supporter of charities benefiting children, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Leukemia Society
of America and the Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation. He also serves on the board of Wish-and-a-Smile, an organization dedicated to supporting numerous children's charities.
Outer covering for the foot, usually of leather, with a stiff or thick sole and heel, and generally reaching no higher than the ankle (unlike a boot). Early examples from Mesopotamia were moccasinlike wraparounds of leather; not until the Hellenistic Age did shoes become luxurious. The Romans developed shoes fitted for the left and right feet, and differentiated according to sex and rank. In the 14th15th century, shoes became extremely long and pointed, the points attaining a length of 18 in. (45 cm) or more. In the 16th century, the toes became extremely broad, like a duck's bill. In the 17th century, shoes had moderately high heels and were often decorated with large rosettes of lace and ribbons, which gave way to gold or silver buckles in the 18th century. The first shoe factory opened in 1760, in Massachusetts, but not until the development of modern machinery in the 19th century were shoes made quickly and inexpensively.