Nine West is a fashion wholesale and retail company best known for quickly translating runway trends into styles attainable by mass consumers. Initially founded as a fashion footwear brand, Nine West has since expanded into handbags, sunglasses, legwear, outerwear, jewelry, belts, watches, cold weather accessories, hats, scarves and wraps, and eyewear. Fred Allard has served as Creative Director since 2006. Named for its founding location in the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street in New York City, Nine West opened its first specialty retail store in 1983 in Stamford, Connecticut. It has since become an internationally-recognized brand located in over 800 global locations in 57 countries.