Vince Camuto, Nine West Co-Founder and Shoe Pioneer, Dies

Introduced a Generation of Women to Stylish Footwear at Affordable Prices

Vince Camuto, who shook up the women's shoe business as one of the founders of Nine West, died on Wednesday at age 78. The cause was cancer.

Through Nine West and another company he founded called the Camuto Group, Mr. Camuto introduced a generation of women to stylish shoes at affordable prices. Along the way, he amassed significant wealth that included homes in Greenwich, Conn., and the Hamptons. Villa Maria, his 20,000 square-foot estate in Water Mill, N.Y., was built in 1887 and once housed a convent. It was put on the market in 2013 for $49.5 million and sold later that year for a reported $75 million.

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