Co-founder, Nine West
“Jones is a great company, and Stuart has a lot of vision. It will be a good partnership.”
CEO, Sam Edelman Shoe Inc.
“There are very few legends within the industry like Stuart, and this is a perfect marriage. Stuart made it really clear that he was looking for a partner that would allow him to continue running the business, and he found one. [Succession] is something that all designers have to think about, especially designers with eponymous companies, and being a designer with an eponymous company, this is the thinking that Libby and I had and it explains our partnership with Brown Shoe Co.
Stuart found a team of people who understand that the shoe business has to be run like a shoe business. … I’m positive they’ll let him maintain his stewardship as long as he wants to.
DMM, Wynn Las Vegas
“It really is kind of a non-reaction because we’ve dealt with other companies in the ready-to-wear world that have been bought by Jones and there has not been a disruption. … It can only strengthen the brand. They have always been one of the first to deliver and they’ve always had a lot of control over their manufacturing, so I imagine it will strengthen [the company] even further.”
Buyer, Jildor Shoes
“If Stuart made the move it will be a good move for everybody. Whatever Stuart does always seems to work out best for the customers.”