(Originally Posted on www.footwearplus.com)
Longtime shoe industry veteran Harry Home, one of the first non-family members to a become vice president at Nordstroms, passed away peacefully Sept. 27th. He was 85 years old.
Home began his footwear career at age 15 working in the stockroom at Nordstroms in Seattle. Over the ensuing decades, he rose through the chains executive ranks, eventually leading its expansion into the Oregon market. In his early 40s, Home launched his own retail concept, Home Shoe Company. The chain specialized in juniors, but carried everything from Keds to Charles Jourdan. It grew to 15 doors located in the Pacific Northwest and was a successful business for 18 years. Home then went on to make his mark in wholesale, manufacturing and retail for such greats as Meier & Frank. He also did design and development for Nordstroms private label division. Home was considered a great mentor by his employees and co-workers, inspiring and teaching many who have gone on to become successful leaders in the industry.
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