If you crossed Sam Edelman on the sidewalk, you might not recognize him as Sam Edelman but you would know without a doubt that you had just come upon someone important. Despite being a retail and fashion genius, he is never less than impeccably dressed, is typically followed by his pup and always has a kind word for those around him. In 2014, we had the chance to meet him at market and Blair was with us. Mr. Edelman graciously took a photo with her and loved having her in his studio. We haven’t yet had the chance to meet his wife and business partner, but we can only imagine that she is equally as impressive in person.
Footwear News (aka the shoe industry bible) recently inducted both Sam and Libby into the Hall of Fame. The Edelman business duo operates as inseparable equals, running their rapidly expanding company like a growing family. In recognition of their many accomplishments, earlier this month the power couple received their FN Hall of Fame award (prior inductees include Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier and Manolo Blahnik), presented to them by their son, Jesse Edelman.
From the famous Sam&Libby ‘bow ballet’ during the reign of their first, eponymous label in 1987 all the way to the #SamsGirls favorites of today, we couldn’t think of more deserving hall-of-famers.