The home of the late Vince Camuto, the quiet titan of retail and founder of the footwear behemoth Nine West, has been listed again after the first time around in 2017 found no buyers.
In the years before his death, Vince was a business partner of both the late Tory Burch, the billionaire designer, and Jessica Simpson, the pop star who found a lucrative second career in the apparel business. He also collaborated with Banana Republic and BCBG, among many other companies. He was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1936. His mother, the former Louise Zenga, was a seamstress; his father, Luigi Camuto, a Sicilian immigrant, was an artisan who died two years after Vince was born.
His company grew exponentially, then went public in 1993 and was bought by the Jones Apparel Group six years later for almost $900 million. Mr. Camuto went on to develop labels for Dillard’s department stores and then scores of licenses for ready-to-wear handbags, jewelry, perfume, sunglasses and apparel as well as as his trademark shoes. His celebrated life ended in 2015 after a battle with prostate cancer.
The mansion, located in the well-known wealthy Connecticut suburb of Greenwich, was built in 1927, features 11 bedrooms, 14 full baths and seven half-baths on 4.66 acres of picturesque New England countryside. Camuto purchased the the Normandy Chateau style stone mansion in the 1980s when it was a “diamond in the rough” before giving the property a makeover, according to Realtor.com
Camuto acquired the mansion as an escape from the Big Apple — but where a commute only took around 40 to 50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The extremely picturesque property features approximately 16,301 square feet of living space. There is also a detached guest house. Outdoor features include a gated entrance, motor court, terraces, swimming pool, tennis court, pond & gardens.
Before his death Camuto was known for another home in the news which he owned in Water Mill, NY., a part of the famed Hampton’s, that was named Villa Maria. Vince and his wife Louise bought the $35 million, 15 acre Villa Maria estate (Photos) in 2005 as an investment property. After a 5 year renovation, they listed the beautiful and much-talked landmark about estate, for $100 million, then played price reduction game for the next 10 years.
Built as a private residence in 1887, the villa itself was extensively remodeled by Brooklyn-based architect Frank Freeman in 1919. It later became a convent and spirituality center, before recently becoming a private residence once again. The building is considered a Long Island landmark.
An interesting fact about the property is that President Theodore Roosevelt’s (1858–1919) favorite horse, “General Ruxton”, is buried on the grounds. This is the same bronze horse he is featured sitting on outside the Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. Here is a feature we did on Vince Camuto’s mansions when he passed away, featuring some of his other homes too.
Camuto’s Villa Maria – Billionaire World News
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