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Vincent Camuto Dead – The Nine West Founders Mansions He “Touched” From Above

January 23, 2015 by Billionaire Addresses

Famed Shoe Designer and Nine West Co-Founder, Vincent Camuto, has died.

Legendary footwear designer and Camuto Group CEO, Vincent Camuto, has died at age 78 after battling cancer. Camuto co-founded the fashion/footwear giant Nine West in 1978. Nine West opened its first store in 1983 in Stamford and the company presently has 800 stores in more than 50 countries. Camuto sold his interest in Nine West for $900 million prior to founding the Camuto Group, a fashion company, in 2001. Mr Camuto’s designs, from his shoes to his clothing, were loved by a number of Hollywood’s hottest stars, from Olivia Wilde and Jennifer Lopez, to Julianne Hough and Emily Blunt, and were frequently showcased on the red carpet. He even helped Jessica Simpson launch her fashion empire in 2005.
Mrs. Louise Camuto, who serves as the creative director of her husband’s company, broke the devastating news to the company’s 1,300 employees in an email last night, paying tribute to her husband’s wonderful spirit and praising his extraordinary work ethic. She promised that his legacy – and his work – will live on for years to come. Mr. Camuto is survived by his wife, his sister, five children and a grandchild.

Camuto and his wife Louise loved to buy expensive old mansions and restore them to the beautiful grand mansions and estates they once were. They then would sell and move on to the next one.
The three most noted mansions they have meticulously renovated are:

1. Wooldon (Woolworth) Manor in Southampton, NY

2. Villa Maria in Water Mill, NY

3. Their current mansion in Greenwich, CT

1.  Wooldon (Woolworth) Manor in Southampton, NY

Wooldon (Woolworth) Manor in Southampton, NY which the Camuto’s bought for an amount never really disclosed but reported at $30 million. They listed the estate at $48 million, but then actually sold the property for $75 million to the founder of the hedge fund SAB Capital, Scott A. Bommer. Bommer has since sold the mansion and 2 acres for $50 million and has the other parcel for sale at $98 million.

Wooldon Manor 01 Wooldon Manor 02 Wooldon Manor 03Wooldon Manor 04The house that’s nowadays known as Wooldon Manor was built in the early 1930s by five-and-dime heiress Jessie Woolworth Donahue and husband James Donahue as the pool house to a gigantic Tudor style residence designed by the noted architecture firm Barney & Chapman and built in 1900 for a wealthy physician turned stock broker named Peter B. Wyckoff. (Interior shots of the demolished Wyckoff manse can be seen hereSo the story goes, Missus Woolworth Donahue hired high society architects William Treanor and Maurice Fatio to design her deluxe pool and pool house after she was rejected for membership in the notoriously snooty Southampton Bathing Corporation for not being waspy enough.

Wooldon Manor 05 Wooldon Manor 06Sitting right on the ocean, Wooldon Manor is now 10,000 square feet. It has been updated and modernized by Camuto — and of course, a new pool house was added to the property. Today, the main residence has 7 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and plenty of entertaining space beneath vaulted ceilings and large windows. Patios and lawns stretch to the private beach, and the entire parcel is protected by security systems. There really is a lot of great history about this estate.

For a great slideshow showing the interior visit the original listing. Make sure to click enlarge at the bottom of the first image or you will not get to see the beautiful shots in all their glory.

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2.  Villa Maria in Water Mill, NY

Villa Maria in Water Mill, NY., which they purchased for $35 million in October of 2005,  is currently on the market for $69 million.

Beautiful Villa Maria In Water Mills, NY

Beautiful Villa Maria Estate In Water Mill, NY

Beautiful Villa Maria In Water Mills, NY

Beautiful Villa Maria In Water Mill, NY

Beautiful Villa Maria In Water Mills, NY

Beautiful Villa Maria In Water Mill, NY – One of the mansions restored by Vincent and Louise Camuto

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Front side of Villa Maria

Villa Maria was built in 1887, remodeled in 1919, and eventually became a retreat for Roman Catholic nuns, who eventually could no longer afford the upkeep or taxes on the 21,000 square foot house.

The Camuto’s bought Villa Maria in a bad state, with many years of water damage, so they hired New York City based architect Andrew Tchelistcheff to rehab and rebuild the “stuccoed Xanadu,” as Architectural Digest describes the home. The four-year restoration project’s goal was “restrained elegance – to modernize the house completely but without touch screens everywhere,” Tchelistcheff says. “What’s interesting about Villa Maria is that although it’s big, it feels summery, not ostentatious.” We tend to agree: the interiors are lavish but elegant, with Venetian-plaster walls in the dining room, a TV cabinet covered in horsehair, iron tables topped with marble or oak, and Carrara marble for the kitchen counters and backsplash.

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

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Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mills, NY - Aerial View

Villa Maria Water Mill, NY – Aerial View

Villa Maria Sales Image

Villa Maria Sales Image

Villa Maria Sales Image

Villa Maria Sales Image

As far as we can find the Villa Maria is still owned by the Vincent Cumato estate. Much more can be found about this beautiful mansion and estate. All you have to do is search, “Villa Maria” and you will find all kinds of articles and images about the lavish home. It is one of Billionaire Mailing Lists favorite homes. All except the fact of location, as the estate is located right at a busy intersection, however it is higher up and secluded by trees and shrubs.

3.  French Normandy Mansion – Greenwich, CT

Here is the mansion the family is currently living in. It is an estate with an early 19th-century French Normandy chateau in upscale Greenwich, CT.

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The Current Vincent Camuto Home In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

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Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

Vincent Camuto House In Greenwich, CT

We believe this mansion was a “work in progress” for Vincent, and looks like it would have been another beautiful mansion saved by the legendary designer.

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Thank you for visiting today and celebrating some of the great historical mansion restorations of the legendary designer, Vincent Camuto.

Expressing our deepest sympathy to the Vincent Camuto family.

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