Schwartz & Benjamin Milestone: Retailers Sound Off

Some of the nation’s top retailers weigh in on what makes the Schwartz & Benjamin roster so powerful.

Dayna Ziegler
VP of women’s shoes, Saks Fifth Avenue

“Schwartz & Benjamin offers a range of brands that appeal to the Saks Fifth Avenue customer. They have a niche in the contemporary market as the go-to destination for contemporary brands. It is a strong partnership based on a strong relationship. The team is wonderful to work with and understands the needs of the business.”

Julee Butler
VP & DMM of ladies shoes, Neiman Marcus

“Schwartz & Benjamin and Neiman Marcus have enjoyed many years of partnership and business in ladies shoes. Having a balance of price points on our shoe floor is extremely important, and Schwartz & Benjamin offers us compelling fashion within those opening prices from an array of different designers. Their gracious hospitality and friendly atmosphere make it a pleasure for us to visit their showroom. We love their collaborative spirit — they’re always open to exploring new ideas and exclusive opportunities.”

David Jassem
President, David’s Shoes

“When I think about the major reason Schwartz & Benjamin has been an amazing partner for David’s Shoes over the last 25 years, one word comes to mind: integrity. There is integrity in everything they do, from the product they produce to the way they treat people. One of the most unique qualities of Schwartz & Benjamin is that it is still a family-owned and -operated business. If you have an issue, you can pick up the phone and call Danny Schwartz and get it taken care of. And the family has done an incredible job of surrounding themselves with impressive people over the years. From Eli Footer and Steve Shapiro to their designers and sales and support staff.”

Jennifer Sidary
Couture buyer, Zappos.com

“Schwartz & Benjamin is a family business and has always treated us like family. They have supported Zappos for many years and we are very lucky to have them as friends and business partners. I’d say a big part of why we have a strong partnership is that we enjoy spending time together. It’s certainly about the sales, but enjoying an incredible dinner while we are at market is what makes our relationship so special.”

Billy Lawson
Co-owner, Shoe Inn

“They’re very special people. It started with Arthur Schwartz. When I think of the Schwartz family, I think of integrity, honor and respect. They’re a lovely family and [have been] a lovely company to do business with over the past 40 years. There’s something about saying Schwartz & Benjamin in our industry that has a ring of honor and truth to it, and they’ve had some of the greatest licenses around because of that.”

Bruce Hausman
President, Footnotes Inc.

“They are always concerned about the retailer and they really do everything they can to help us survive, especially in today’s climate. They’re very interested in our feedback to see how the shoes are selling and how they can improve next season. Schwartz & Benjamin is a real asset to our stores in New Jersey, and we hope to continue the relationship for a long time.”

Scott Meden
EVP & GMM of the shoe division, Nordstrom

“As a wholesale company, Schwartz & Benjamin is a fantastic partner. [Its team is] responsive to our input and to the needs of our customers. Most important, they create great product. We carry several of the firm’s brands, including Kate Spade, Diane von Furstenberg and Rebecca Minkoff. It is one of the premier footwear licensing companies and has the unique ability — and excels at — authentically infusing a brand’s aesthetic and DNA into a licensed footwear line. Our customers respond very well to that.”