Footwear News CEO Summit 2013

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Zappos CEO: Why Social Collisions Enhance Creativity

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh measures collisions and social interactions for his Downtown Project in Las Vegas, and shares why social collisions have a beneficial impact on creativity.

MVP Fashion: Miami Heat Stars Get Style at The Webster

Laure Heriard Dubreuil, CEO and co-founder of The Webster Miami, describes her store's VIP clientele and how men's fashion is becoming more daring. 

Boots on the Ground: Letting Shoe Stores Sell the Brand

Steven Tiller, 'refounder' of Seavees, keeps with the old-fashioned idea that salespeople and shops know what's best when it comes to curating to the alpha consumer and moving product.

Buying Behavior: Mapping the Digital Path to Purchase

Douglas Bensadoun, Creative Director and Vice President of Marketing for Aldo Group Inc., stresses the importance of cross-channel marketing to account for the variety of ways customers reach purchasing decisions.

Fashion Ads, Then and Now: How Arezzo Renewed Its Image

CEO of Arezzo & Co Alexandre Birman compares advertisements from the 1990s with the ads used today, and the companies move from craftsmanship to star power. 

Foot Locker Tests 360-Degree Marketing With In-Store App

Richard A. Johnson, chief operating officer at Foot Locker,  promotes multichannel marketing by offering shoppers in-store WiFi to use Foot Locker's digital app.

Global Glamour: How Charlotte Olympia Got Noticed Fast

Bonnie Takhar and Charlotte Dellal explains how having a diverse fashion line and a story to tell helped the Charlotte Olympia brand grow quickly worldwide.

Multitask Retail: Lifestyle and Global Brands Take Over

Wolverine World Wide Inc. CEO and President Blake Krueger points out the accelerating trends in global and lifestyle brands. 

Fit For Life: Reebok Runs the Future of Fitness Brands

 Ulrich Becker, president of Reebok International, believes that the  global popularity of the 'fit' lifestyle will lead Reebok back to fitness brands. 

Nicholas Kirkwood: How to Design an Iconic Shoe

Designer Nicholas Kirkwood explores the challenge of defining a signature, iconic shoe to fit his brand.

We Do Shoe: Passionate Shoppers Are the New Gatekeepers

Stefani Greenfield, chief creative officer of The Jones Group, underscores how storytelling and starting a 'gang' at  Nine West made a successful marketing campaign. 

Laws on Fashion: Stomping Out the Shoe Tariffs

Matt Priest, president of  Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America, explains how U.S. lawmakers are charging footwear retailers a disproportionate amount in import taxes and duties.

Rupert Sanderson: Let the Shoes Do the Talking

Shoe designer Rupert Sanderson tells how working with Karl Lagerfeld and a shout-out by Victoria Beckham on Twitter gave his brand momentum. 

Use Your Youth: How Fashion Instincts Go Beyond a Brand

Designers Charline De Luca and Isa Tapia describes how rookie designers must use their instincts and stay hungry to get out ahead in the fashion industry. 

Kenneth Cole Debates Who You Are vs. Who You Wear

Kenneth Cole, CEO of Kenneth Cole, recalls how he got involved in amfAR and AIDS charities in order to turn his business into something more socially meaningful.

Live Better, Feet First: Shoemakers Take Work Personally

Diane Sullivan, president and CEO of Brown Shoe Company, details the "It's Personal" philosophy: people don't work for companies, they work with people. 

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About this conference

There is opportunity at every step: Thanks to a mix of cultural influences, production advancements and developments in the supply chain, the footwear industry has solidified its place as the bright spot in retail. Educated shoppers are focused on looking and feeling good-and retailers have taken note, expanding shoe floor offerings and catering to an e-tail explosion.

How can your brand take advantage of this unique moment? Be there when the titans of the industry converge to share insight and strategy at the FN CEO Summit, April 29-May 1 in Miami.

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