In addition to our Power 100 list, Footwear News also singled out some executives, retailers and designers who engineered bold launches and aggressive expansion. Look for these standouts to make more big moves in 2014.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Co-founder, Designer; SJP
Thanks to a savvy business alliance with George Malkemus, the actress-cum-designer created serious buzz when she launched her namesake fashion line. The highly-anticipated footwear collection debuts at Nordstrom in February.
CEO, Co-founder; Melissa USA
Levy spearheaded projects that gave the brand a mass-market boost, including a U.S.-only partnership with J.Crew. She also orchestrated the firm’s first collaboration for diffusion line Mel, with Forever 21.
Robert Bensoussan, Didier Drouet
Chairman; CEO; L.K. Bennett Ltd.
The British brand, a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge, continued its U.S. push by opening stores in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas.
Founder, Creative Director; Tamara Mellon
She helped turn Jimmy Choo into a global luxury powerhouse. Now Mellon is shaking up the fashion world again with an eponymous line of apparel and shoes that put the focus on buy-now-wear-now styles.
President; Mizuno USA
Footwear sales for the U.S.-based subsidiary of Mizuno Corp. grew 25 percent for the fiscal year. And the North American territory was such a boon that the parent company announced plans to expand its design outpost in Portland, Ore.
CEO; The Sports Authority
After top exec Darrell Webb retired in June, former Petco chief Foss stepped in to lead the 475-door sporting-goods chain, based in Englewood, Colo.
Designer; Dana Davis
Davis wants to take her upscale comfort line to the next level, and now she has a major new partner, Brown Shoe Co., to help her do it.
Adam Goldenberg, Don Ressler
In a bid to grab more market share, JustFab snatched up Shoedazzle.com this year. The payoff has yet to be seen, but the subscription sites — boasting a combined 35 million members — expect to garner more than $400 million in total sales next year.
Chairman, Inventor; Vionic
Early next year, the firm will bring its portfolio (Orthaheel, Vionic and Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Footwear) under a single name: Vionic. It also plans further expansion in Europe and Asia.