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    Vans sneaker company co-founder Paul Van Doren dies

    2021-05-11T09:58:00Z

    Paul Van Doren , a co-founder of Vans , has passed away on May 6 at the age of 90, shortly after the publication of his biography, titled “Authentic.” He started as a service boy at a rubber factory at the age of 16. He acquired his independence in 1966 ...

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    Alber Elbaz dies

    2021-04-25T16:12:00Z

    Richemont announced the death of Alber Elbaz at the age of 59. In October 2019, the Swiss luxury goods company entered a joint venture with the designer which led to the creation of the brand AZ Factory . According to media reports, Elbaz died of Covid-19. Elbaz ...

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    ​Pierre Cardin dies at 98

    2020-12-29T18:20:00Z

    The French designer Pierre Cardin died at the age of 98 at the American hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was born in Italy, but to escape fascism his family moved to France when he was two. Cardin “never forgot his origins while having an unconditional love for ...

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    Former Zappos head Tony Hsieh dies

    2020-11-29T16:28:00Z

    Tony Hsieh , who ran the footwear and clothing online retailer Zappos.com for about two decades, died at the age of 46 due to complications from injuries sustained in a house fire. The fire broke out on Nov. 18 in New London, Connecticut, and Hsieh died on Nov. ...

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    Harald Neisser, industry veteran and former Rohde managing director, dies at 68

    2020-09-27T06:08:00Z

    Shoe expert and industry insider Harald Neisser died on Sept. 20, after a serious illness. Serving most recently as a consultant for the German firm Erich Rohde , where he was previously managing director, Neisser was 68 years old. He was active in the shoe industry for decades ...

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    Bob Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, has died

    2020-09-21T17:45:00Z

    Robert W. “Bob” Gore , chairman emeritus of the board of directors of W. L. Gore Associates , died on Sept. 17 at the age of 83. Gore sat on the board of his family’s materials science company for 57 years, 30 of them as chairman, and served ...

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    CIC vice-president Sergio Panossian passes away

    2020-09-08T08:25:00Z

    Sergio Panossian , the vice-president of the Argentinean footwear association Cámara de la Industria del Calzado  (CIC), has passed away. Panossian was a popular and influential representative of the country’s footwear industry. His family indicated that he was victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Martin Krist, former head of Esprit’s shoe division, dies at 55

    2020-07-16T12:23:00Z

    Martin Krist , former head of Esprit’ s shoe division and an innovative leader in the shoe industry, died unexpectedly in June at the age of 55. Krist was with Esprit for over 17 years, from July 1998 until the beginning of 2016, shaping the fashion manufacturer’s shoe business ...

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    Sergio Rossi dies at 84

    2020-04-10T09:22:00Z

    The iconic footwear designer Sergio Rossi , founder of the eponymous firm, died on April 2. He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the Bufalini hospital in Cesena, Italy, after contracting the novel coronavirus, which has heavily affected the country. The son of a shoemaker, Rossi was ...

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    Obituary for Luciano Mercalli

    2020-03-24T15:06:00Z

    Luciano Mercalli , head of Cerim , has died after being infected with the novel coronavirus. Cerim, based in the Italian town of Vigevano, specializes in machines for the production of footwear. Mercalli, 78, fell ill after attending Simac Tanning Tech 2020 , the trade fair that was held in ...

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    Obituary for Bob Campbell

    2020-03-24T15:05:00Z

    Bob Campbell , founder and chief executive of BBC International , died on Feb. 17. He was 82. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Campbell spent more than 60 years in footwear, 20 of them at Kinney Shoes and its parent, F.W. Woolworth . He has been praised as a man of ...

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    The founder of Over Teak, Cosimo Damiano Vitobello, has passed...

    2019-08-21T00:00:00Z

    The founder of Over Teak, Cosimo Damiano Vitobello, has passed away at the age of 79. Vitobello founded Over Teak in Barletta, in the Italian region of Puglia, in 1990. He opened his first store, where shoes were manually crafted, back in 1958, when he was only 18. Over Teak ...

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    Raymond Massaro, the legendary French cobbler, has died in Paris...

    2019-04-18T00:00:00Z

    Raymond Massaro, the legendary French cobbler, has died in Paris at the age of 90. He was the grandson of Sébastien Massaro, who founded his workshop in 1894 at 2, rue de la Paix in Paris. Raymond Massaro took over the business in 1957. Also in the 1950s, he designed ...

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    Georgy Bidegain passed away on March 27. He was 85...

    2019-04-18T00:00:00Z

    Georgy Bidegain passed away on March 27. He was 85 years old. He was an uncle of Jean-Pierre Bidegain, the well-known journalist and publisher who recently retired. Together with his brother José Bidegain, he built up Babybotte, the well-known brand of shoes for toddlers between the ages of one and ...

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    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on...

    2019-01-21T00:00:00Z

    Paul Golbert, the founder of Pajar Canada, passed away on Dec. 25, at the age of 92. Pajar Canada, founded in 1963, is a five-generation family-owned footwear and outerwear company based in Montreal. Golbert was born in France in a shoemaking family, and emigrated to Canada in the 1950s, starting ...

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    Anthony Chaloub, who had been running the Chaloub Group together...

    2018-12-26T00:00:00Z

    Anthony Chaloub, who had been running the Chaloub Group together with his younger brother Patrick since 2011, died in Paris at the age of 63 after a long fight against cancer. He was praised for his honesty, his humility, his kindness and his humanitarian spirit. Founded in 1955 by his ...

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    Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, the widow of Salvatore Ferragamo, has died...

    2018-11-27T00:00:00Z

    Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, the widow of Salvatore Ferragamo, has died at the age of 96. Wanda took over from her late husband the eponymous Florence-based brand after he died in 1960, when she was 39 years old. She was 24 years his junior. Salvatore Ferragamo was known for making custom-made ...

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    Robert Siff, a veteran of the footwear industry and a...

    2018-09-14T00:00:00Z

    Robert Siff, a veteran of the footwear industry and a former president and lifetime director of Two Ten Footwear Foundation, passed away on Sept. 11. He was 94, and had fought a 20-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. During his career, Siff served as president and chief executive of B-W Footwear, ...

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    We have been informed that Don McCarthy, a figurehead of...

    2018-09-14T00:00:00Z

    We have been informed that Don McCarthy, a figurehead of the British shoe retail sector, die on July 21 of cancer, aged 63. After working for many years at the former Stead Simpson group, where he ran some of its Ravel and Stylo stores, he founded in 1991 ...

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    Suspected of having committed suicide, Kate Spade, 55, was found...

    2018-06-14T00:00:00Z

    Suspected of having committed suicide, Kate Spade, 55, was found dead on June 5 in her apartment in New York. Her husband and partner, Andy Spade, told The New York Times that she suffered of depression. Together, they launched two years ago a new brand of shoes and accessories, Frances ...