Join us for a talk with Stuart Weitzman, the shoe designer, entrepreneur and founder behind the shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. Stuart will share how he took advantage of risks, made use of unfettered imagination and unique approach to marketing, and created partnerships both inside an outside of the company resulting in creating a global brand for his comfortable and fashionable footwear. He sold his company in January 2015, to Coach, the luxury fashion house, for $574 million. Weitzman continues his mastery as a shoe designer for the company, as well as visits colleges all over the world to share his entrepreneurial journey and inspire the next big fashion designer.
This event is co-sponsored by the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) and Fashion at Brown.
It can certainly be said that Stuart Weitzman’s passion for design has been a lifelong pursuit: he began working at his father’s Massachusetts shoe factory while still in college. After graduating from university, Weitzman applied himself to the industry with laserlike focus, eventually building the globally-renowned company that bears his name. He has been honored with numerous awards from the footwear, bridal, advertising, and business communities for his work in the world of fashion and entrepreneurship.
Today, his shoes dominate the red carpet events and are worn by loyal celebrity fans like Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and by millions of women who buy them in over 70 countries around the world.
Weitzman approaches his other endeavors with equal commitment. He shares his time with his wife Jane and their two daughters and is personally involved in philanthropic causes close to his heart. Among these is his mentoring students on their entrepreneurial aspirations at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and the London Business School. Weitzman is a graduate of Penn’s Wharton School of Business and in 2019 the university honored him by renaming their design school the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.
During his free time, you may find him on the tennis court or at the ping-pong table. If you’ve got a racket, he’ll welcome the challenge.