Founder, Creative & Design Chief
Steve Madden is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, and a business titan whose eponymous company is currently worth over 3 billion dollars.
Author, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted An Industry, Fell From Grace & Came Back Stronger Than Ever.
He is also a recovering addict and a devoted family man. Over the past thirty years, the provocative shoe designer built a booming brand and nearly lost it all to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” only to rebound by giving back and creating a global empire.
In 1990, with a mere $1,100 in the bank, Madden followed his intuition and set out to create the next big thing: a company able to anticipate consumer needs and subsequently deliver collections that were both cutting edge and highly saleable. Channeling his creative energy to produce a variety of silhouettes and vibrant styles in his Queens-based factory, quickly his dream became reality and the Steve Madden brand was born.
30 years later, with 350 stores across the globe, the acquisition of notable brands such as BB Dakota, Betsey Johnson, and GREATS, to name a few, standout collaborations with stars including Cardi B, Winnie Harlow, Ja Rule, Keyshia Cole, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Chiara Ferragni, the designer and entrepreneur continues the hustle.
While Madden can recognize success, he is mindful of his humble beginning and support he has received on his journey to achievement. As a recovering addict as well as someone who has learned to manage his ADD, Madden is an active philanthropist and mentor who supports several organizations that help those in need of a second chance.
A native New Yorker, Steve currently resides in Manhattan with his children, and is more present than ever at his company’s Long Island City headquarters, the various showrooms throughout Manhattan and his namesake stores worldwide.