|Traded as||NYSE: BWS|
|Number of locations||1,369 (January 2011)|
|Key people||Diane Sullivan (President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman)|
|Revenue||$2.24 billion (2009)|
The company was created in St. Louis and was originally named Bryan, Brown & Company after its founders George Warren Brown and Alvin Bryan. The name was changed to Brown Shoe Company in 1893. In 1925, Brown's widow endowed the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Brown Shoe Company, Inc. is a $2.3 billion footwear company with worldwide operations. The company operates the 1,100-store Famous Footwear chain. It also operates 300 specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada and China under the Brown Shoe Closet, FX LaSalle and Naturalizer names, as well as Shoes.com, the Company's e-commerce subsidiary. Brown Shoe's wholesale divisions own and market leading footwear brands including Naturalizer, LifeStride, Via Spiga, Sam Edelman, Nickels Soft, Connie and Buster Brown. The company also markets licensed brands including Franco Sarto, Etienne Aigner, Dr. Scholl's, Carlos by Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear branded footwear for adults in addition to Barbie and Nickelodeon character footwear for children.
Diane M. Sullivan serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Shoe Company. Diane has been president and CEO since May 2011 and will take on the additional role of chairman of the board beginning in 2014. She joined the company as president in 2003 and added chief operating officer to her responsibilities in 2006.
Since 1904, Brown Shoe Company's mascots have been cartoon characters Buster Brown and his dog Tige. Both appear on the company's television commercials and in the 1940s and 50s became stars of Buster Brown Comics when the company made a brief foray into the comic book publishing industry. The books which featured the characters on the cover, but contained different adventure features, such as Robin Hood. The characters were revived with an updated, more contemporary look for a brief advertising campaign in the 1980s and 1990s.
As a small child, Richard Barker played Buster Brown in the Brown Shoe Company advertising campaign. The book Buster Brown and the Cowboy details Barker's life in the advertising campaign.
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- Database and Cover Gallery of comic books published by the Brown Shoe Company, www.comics.org/