Nine West was founded in 1983 in New York, New York, by Jerome Fisher & Vince Camuto. The first store location was located in Stamford, Connecticut. Originally, the store sold only women’s shoes. Since that time, the company has expanded tremendously, offering handbags, sunglasses, legwear, outerwear, jewelry, belts, watches, cold weather accessories, hats, scarves and wraps, and eyewear. After the launch of handbags in 1995, Nine West expanded to dresses, suits and children’s shoes.
The company went international in 1994, opening its first overseas location in Hong Kong. In 1995, Nine West acquired the United States Shoe Corporation, which included the Easy Spirit brand of shoes.
In April 2018, it was announced that Nine West’s U.S. business had filed for bankruptcy and closed all its stores. It was announced that Nine West’s business would be closed for good. It was also announced that the Nine West brand would be acquired by Authentic Brands Group.
Authentic Brands reopened many store locations and announced in 2019 that Tyra Banks would be their new ambassador and spokesperson.
Headquarters for Nine West is located in Greenwich, Connecticut.