Aldo acquires Vince Camuto in latest deal to reshape fashion industry

Takeover will give Montreal-based retailer a bigger footprint at a time when fashion brands are seeking growth through mergers and acquisitions

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Aldo acquires Vince Camuto in latest deal to reshape fashion industry. Aldo, the privately held Canadian shoe company, has agreed to acquire the footwear and accessories operations of the Camuto Group, the company founded by the fashion impresario Vince Camuto, who died in 2015.

The takeover will give Aldo, which makes its own shoes and sells them in thousands of stores around the world, a bigger footprint at a moment when fashion brands are seeking growth through mergers and acquisitions. Terms of the deal, which was confirmed by the companies, were not made public.

“This will create a very impressive, large and scaled footwear operation,” said William Susman, managing director at Threadstone, a boutique investment bank that specializes in consumer and retail transactions but is not involved in the deal. “And given trends in retail, I believe that benefits accrue to those with scale.”

Aldo acquires Vince Camuto brand is the latest transaction to reshape the fashion industry. Last week, Michael Kors said it would acquire Jimmy Choo for about $1.2 billion. And in May, Coach agreed to pay $2.4 billion to acquire Kate Spade.

Aldo, based in Montreal, was founded in 1972 by Aldo Bensadoun, the “son of a shoe merchant, grandson of a cobbler,” according to the company’s website.

Bensadoun, now 78, has retired and the company is run by his son, David. But the elder Bensadoun is still involved in the business. Earlier this year, he took the first meeting with representatives from the Camuto Group to discuss a deal.

Aldo opened its first store in the United States in 1993, and now sells shoes in more than 3,000 locations worldwide. The company says that it employs more than 20,000 people and that more than 200 million people visit its stores each year. David Bensadoun, Aldo’s chief executive, said the company has about $1.5 billion in sales annually.

The Camuto Group was founded by Camuto, a quiet force in the fashion industry who founded the women’s footwear chain Nine West, and has collaborated with Banana Republic, BCBG and more.

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