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|Type||fashion wholesale and retail company|
|Founded||New York City, 1983|
|Founders||Jerome Fisher and Vince Camuto|
Nine West (also 9 West) is a fashion wholesale and retail company.
Initially founded as a fashion footwear brand, Nine West expanded into handbags, sunglasses, legwear, outerwear, jewelry, belts, watches, cold weather accessories, hats, scarves and wraps, and eyewear.
Named for its founding location in the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street in New York City, Nine West opened its first specialty retail store in 1983 in Stamford, Connecticut. It has since become a brand located in over 800 global locations in 57 countries. The corporate headquarters are located in White Plains, New York, with estimated employee size 390 & overall employee size over 10,000.
In 1983, the first Nine West branded retail store was opened in Stamford, Connecticut while international expansion began with the opening of the Hong Kong location in 1994. In 1986, Nine West launched its first national ad campaign.
After the launch of handbags in 1995, Nine West expanded to dresses, suits and kids footwear. Through licensing agreements, it also offers eyewear, sunglasses, legwear, outerwear, belts, hats, cold weather accessories, scarves and wraps.
In 2006, Nine West began collaborating with Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon and Sophia Kokosalaki on limited edition "capsule collections". In 2009, Nine West and New Balance collaborated to develop a collection of footwear.
References in popular culture
In Gwyn Cready's comedic romance novel Tumbling Through Time, Seph Pyle is transported back in time to 1705 after trying on a pair of sandals at the Nine West store in the Pittsburgh airport.
In the Will and Grace episode William, Tell Karen makes a comment about Will's office being below street level, saying that all he could see from his window is 'bad shoes' and then pointing at the window and saying 'See, Nine West'.
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