NINE WEST FOUNDER JEROME FISHER DIES AT THE AGE OF 85

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Jerome FisherAt the age of 85, Jerome Fisher, a co-founder of Nine West, died on June 23rd due to a brain hemorrhage according to his son Marc.

Fisher was born in Boston on October 20, 1930. He picked up the shoe business following in his father’s footsteps. The Fisher Shoe Company gave Fisher his start in the shoe business as a young boy.

Jerome Fisher and Vince Camuto began building the Nine West company in the 1970s as a women’s shoe line that created imitations of designer styles but at reasonable prices. Fisher moved into his first office in Manhattan in 1977. It was on 9 West 57th Street, which incidentally gave the company the inspiration for its name.

“The company, now known as Nine West Group, says that one of every five pairs of shoes that American women buy comes from Nine West,” reported in 1997 by the New York Times.

Nine West absorbed its rival U.S. Shoe Corp. in 1995 and was later bought by Jones Apparel Group in 1999 for $900 million. After the acquisition by the Jones group, Fisher retired and began a new dream of crafting the “famous Lady Anne” yacht.

Jerome Fisher’s descendants are still in the shoe business today. His son Marc runs Marc Fisher Footwear and employs many of Fisher’s grandchildren. Fisher remained a close advisor to his son Marc even after he retired. Many people remember him and the elder Fishers as essential contributors to the business.

“Jackie Fisher truly was one the most influential persons in our shoe industry — and especially to me,” said BBC International founder and CEO Bob Campbell. “Forever, he called me kid and I always thought that was so special. I never had a father and always looked up to him for great inspiration.”

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