Steve Madden is considered one of the most influential entrepreneurs and footwear fashion designers of this century. His work resulted in trendsetting shoes for over 20 years due to the compelling design, unique marketing and price point of his company. Madden started his company in a Queens-based factory with a little over $1000 dollars in the bank in 1990. Years later, he is known for his unique and intrinsic ability to anticipate trends and innovations. This recognition has made Steve Madden one of the most iconic American fashion brands, propelling him to the forefront of the industry. His vision continues to evolve and he once said, “What inspires me is what I see people wearing on the streets of the world from New York to London and beyond. I get my ideas and inspiration from pounding the pavement all over the world. Today, fashion is dictated by individual style. To me, the fashion of the future is anything that a young guy or girl feels good wearing as long as it’s put together in the right way.” Today, the Steve Madden brand represents more than just shoes, it’s lifestyle. It is about embracing fashion while still maintaining that funky independence that first defined the brand 20 years ago. With his product line having expanded and now including other accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, belts, sunwear, cold weather, outerwear and hosiery, Steve Madden is always looking toward to the future.