Designer Brands, Inc.

Designer Brands, Inc.

Designer Brands, Inc.

Date Founded



810 DSW Drive,Columbus, OH 43219

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)



Retail: Apparel & Footwear
Internet Software & Services
Retail: Other
Apparel & Footwea

Company Description

Designer Brands, Inc. engages in the design, production, and retail of footwear and accessory brands. It operates through the following segments: U.S. Retail, Canada Retail, Brand Portfolio, and Others. The U.S. Retail segment focuses on stores operated in the U.S. under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse banner and its related e-commerce site. The Canada Retail segment comprises stores operated in Canada under The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse, and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse banners and related e-commerce sites. The Brand Portfolio segment includes sales from wholesale, First Cost, and direct-to-consumer e commerce sites. The Other segment refers to the ABG and Ebuys business. The company was founded on January 20, 1969 and is headquartered in Columbus, OH.

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Executives & Employees

Vice Chair & President

Interim President, Designer Shoe Warehouse

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Chief Growth Officer & Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President, President, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Commercial Officer of Camuto LLC

Chief Administration Officer & Executive Vice President

Senior Vice President & Controller

Executive Vice President & President Canada


Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Interim President, Designer Shoe Warehouse at Designer Brands, Inc.

Founder at Lau Technologies, Inc.

Director & Executive Vice President at Schottenstein Stores Corp.

Former Global Coordinating Partner at Ernst & Young Global Ltd.

Former Chief Operating Officer at DigitasLBi, Inc.

Managing Partner & Counsel at Equicorp Partners LLC

Former Partner at Weiser LLP

Limited Partner at Lead Edge Capital Management LLC

Chairman-Boston Chapter at Women Corporate Directors

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ICM offers value investment solutions across the US equity market capitalization spectrum. In doing so, the firm utilizes two distinct investment processes – Small-Cap, SMID-Cap & Mid-Cap Value and Large-Cap/All-Cap Value. Both approaches employ a value-oriented investment method with a focus on fundamental analysis. ICM attempts to measure the value of a security by looking at economic and financial factors including the overall economy, industry conditions, and the financial condition and management of the company itself, to determine if the company is underpriced or overpriced.

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Towle primarily manages assets using a focused, long-only, equity strategy that they call Towle Deep Value. This strategy executes a fundamental, investment discipline that emphasizes the purchase of companies believed to be substantially undervalued relative to their private market worth and normalized earnings power. The bottom-up selection process strives to identify and invest in out-of-favor companies with significant appreciation potential over the long-term. Paramount to this endeavor is a contrarian and independent viewpoint. Investments are made in industries such as financial services, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, transportation, and energy, among others. The firm does not invest in tobacco, liquor, or gaming companies.

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Masters Capital Management utilizes a variety of methods and strategies to make investment decisions and recommendations. Their investment philosophy allows a wide variation in investment selections for their funds. The firm will invest in many sectors of stock markets regardless of industry type, capitalization, or whether the underlying company is engaged in cyclical or growth business. Their philosophy is best described as opportunistic, rather than fitting neatly into one of the fund industry categories, such as growth or value. However, the investment methodology necessitates a general focus on equities with reasonable daily trading liquidity.

Recent Transactions
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Designer Brands, Inc. purchases Town Shoes Ltd. from Clearspring Capital Partners

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Designer Brands, Inc., DSW Shoe Warehouse, Inc. purchase eBuys, Inc.

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Designer Brands, Inc. purchases Town Shoes Ltd. from Clearspring Capital Partners, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (Private Equity)

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Advised onDesigner Brands, Inc. purchases Retail Ventures, Inc.

Investment Advisor

Advised onDesigner Brands, Inc. purchases Town Shoes Ltd. from Clearspring Capital Partners, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (Private Equity)


Advised onDesigner Brands, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

Co-Chair, Executive Compensation Practice

Advised onDesigner Brands, Inc. purchases Town Shoes Ltd. from Clearspring Capital Partners, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (Private Equity)

Legal Advisor

Advised onDesigner Brands, Inc., DSW Shoe Warehouse, Inc. purchase eBuys, Inc.

Advisors & Consultants

Chief Technology Officer at, Inc.


Managing Director, Global Consumer Retail Group at Peter J. Solomon Co. LP

Legal Advisor

Partner & Chair, Real Estate at Morrison Cohen LLP


Stein Mart, Inc. is a fashion retailer offering a distinctive assortment of brand name and designer apparel, accessories and shoes for women and men and home fashions – all at savings of up to 60 percent off department store prices every day. Our customers look to Stein Mart for current-season styles, brands, quality and value presented in an upscale, department store environment. We create a shopping experience that is more attractive than other off-price retailers by focusing on ease-of-shopping, service and presentation of merchandise by category, brand, style and size. Our stores are in convenient, off-mall locations and our typical store is approximately 35,000 square feet. We believe our fashion assortment and value, coupled with our shopping experience and convenience differentiates Stein Mart from other fashion retailers and allows us to attract loyal customers. We operate over 260 Stein Mart stores in 29 states from Florida to California.

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Town Shoes Ltd. owns and operates shoe stores. It sells and distributes women's and men's footwear, handbags and accessories. The company was founded by Leonard Simpson in 1952 and is headquartered in Downsview, Canada.

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Feetz, Inc. was engaged in manufacturing and selling custom made footwear. The company was founded by Lucy Beard and Nigel Beard in 2013 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

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Bauble Bar, Inc. engages in the online retail of jewelry in the United States and internationally. It provides necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and personalized products. The company was founded by Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky in 2010 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Chief Executive Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Steven Madden Ltd. Retail: Other | Long Island City, NY

Steven Madden Ltd. engages in the design, marketing, and sale of fashion-forward footwear for women, men, and children. It operates through the following segments: Wholesale Footwear, Wholesale Accessories and Apparel, Retail, First Cost, and Licensing. The Wholesale Footwear segment includes branded and private label women's, men's, girl's and children's footwear. The Wholesale Accessories and Apparel segment comprises of branded and private label handbags, belts and small leather goods, and cold weather and selected other fashion accessories. The Retail segment distributes branded women's, men's and children's footwear, accessories, and licensed products to consumers. The First Cost segment earns commissions and design fees for serving as a buying agent of footwear products to mass-market merchandisers, mid-tier department stores, and other retailers. The Licensing segment licenses its trademarks for use in connection with the manufacture, marketing, and sale of outerwear, hosiery, active wear, sleepwear, jewelry, watches, hair accessories, umbrellas, bedding, luggage, and men's leather accessories. The company was founded by Steven L. Madden on July 9, 1990 and is headquartered in Long Island City, NY.

Caleres, Inc. Industrial Machinery & Manufacturing | St. Louis, MO

Caleres, Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale of footwear. It operates through the following segments: Famous Footwear, Brand Portfolio, and Other. The Famous Footwear segment provides brand-name athletic, casual, and dress shoes for the entire family. The Brand Portfolio segment offers retailers and consumers a portfolio of brands by designing, developing, sourcing, manufacturing, and marketing branded footwear for women and men. The Other segment covers corporate assets, administrative expenses, other costs, and recoveries that are not allocated to the operating units. The company was founded by George Warren Brown in 1878 and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.

Kite Realty Group Trust Real Estate | Indianapolis, IN

Kite Realty Group Trust operates as a real estate investment trust. It engages in the ownership, operation, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of neighborhood and community shopping centers in selected markets in the United States. The company was founded on August 16, 2004 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.

Awards & Honors
Rank #812
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 1000 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
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