Nordstrom saluted Vince Camuto and Sam Edelman as this year’s “Partners in Excellence” at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday.
The awards, established in 1992, honor the department store’s top vendors. They recognize quality, value, service, partnership, business ethics, fashion, results and support for the firm’s different channels, including Nordstrom Rack, according to Peter Nordstrom, EVP and president of merchandising,
Although the company has thousands of vendors, Nordstrom said at the meeting, “The two people you’ll meet today made it an easy choice because what they do is so rare and so extraordinary.”
Vince Camuto, Nordstrom noted, is not only one of the retailer’s top footwear accounts but also the force behind other key brands, including Tory Burch. Camuto, he added, has been able to leverage footwear success into apparel and sportswear, which is “rare and difficult to do.”
During the presentation, Camuto commented, “We have the same work ethic that Nordstrom has, the same mentality and the vision — we are parallel as far as that’s concerned. We love being a part of it. There is no other company like Nordstrom.”
The Sam Edelman business, according to Nordstrom, is the No. 2 volume brand in women’s shoes, with sales nearly doubling overall since 2010. The brand saw 67 percent growth in 2012 alone.
“In baseball, if you don’t hit the ball in three times at bat, you’re out. This has been my third opportunity at Nordstrom and, happily, our biggest home run,” said Sam Edelman. “I respect the standards upon which [Nordstrom does] business, and I’m proud to be a proactive disciple of your spirit.”