John Jonas, Founder and CEO of The Jonas Group, addresses the 2012 FN Footwear Summit."
John Jonas founded The Jonas Group, a leading retained fashion executive search firm, in 2001.
With 70 percent of its work in high-level footwear and accessories searches, The Jonas Group has made important placements across senior functional areas for many prominent footwear
companies. Mr. Jonas grew up in New York City and received his B.A. from Brown University. His
business education included working for his father, who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of the publicly traded, 600-location Lechterâ€™s Housewares. While there, Mr. Jonas gained
experience and knowledge in all functional areas of retail from stores to merchandising,
marketing, eâ€‘commerce, finance, board of directors meetings, and more, which helped him
understand these roles and prepared him to find ideal individuals to fit each clientâ€™s needs.
In addition to supporting The Two Ten Foundation, FFANY, and Soles4Souls, Mr. Jonas has always
been actively and charitably involved with bettering the lives of disadvantaged inner city youth.
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.