Designer Brands is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. Our business segments include world-class design and sourcing operations, a robust wholesaling business, and more than 1,000 points of distribution.
Our primary concept, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, offers brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear and accessories. The first store opened in 1991 in Dublin, Ohio. Today, DSW operates more than 500 stores in 44 states.
The Affiliated Business Group operates nearly 290 leased departments for other retailers, such as Stein Mart, in the U.S.
Designer Brands also operates several retail concepts in Canada, including The Shoe Company and Shoe Warehouse, which provide a convenient footwear solution for the whole family, as well as DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse – nearly 150 locations in all.
In 2018, the company acquired Camuto Group, the legendary product design and brand development organization best known for the successful Vince Camuto® brand and the footwear licenses of Jessica Simpson® and Lucky Brand®. The partnership transformed Designer Brands into one of the largest footwear companies in North America with global, industry-leading capabilities in product design, development, sourcing and production.
A public company since 2005, our stock is traded on the New York City Stock Exchange as “DSW.”
Our Competitive Strengths
- Unique Off-Price Model
- Focus and Expertise in Fashion
- Healthy Vendor Relationships
- Robust Inventory Management
- Strong Balance Sheet
- Driving Direct-to-Consumer Growth Digitally
- Store Growth in New and Existing Markets
- New Market Opportunities for Our Brand Portfolio