Sam Edelman was the grandson of a founding partner in the Fleming-Joffe reptile tannery that supplied exotic leathers to the shoe trade. Sam’s father, Arthur, joined his father-in-law’s tannery in 1952 but closed the business in 1776 due to an increasingly environmentally aware marketplace. Instead, Arthur and his son opened a shoe business, which supplied the first shoes to appear in Ralph Lauren’s collection.
Sam Edelman went on to develop a shoe division for Esprit in 1985 with his wife, Libby, and in 1988 they launched their own label Sam & Libby. Their first product a ballet flat, was a huge success but additions to their line were never as popular. In 1996 they sold the worldwide rights to their trademarks to Maxwell Shoes.
The Sam Eldeman shoe you see today on the floors of department stores is the fairy Tale ending for the Eldeman Name. And created by a descending family member who wanted to finally bring in the much Grandfathered success.
Much love for this family and you know you’ve created a shoe line in demand when every other designer is copying your heel.
Jessica Simpson I love ya girl but what’s the point of calling yourself a shoe designer if you are just copying someone’s else’s design.
Should Jessica Simpson be proud of the Millions of Dollars she has made by stamping her name on a heel? Or should she earn that millions and start creating her own designs? Hmmm