He then parlayed his talents as both brand-builder and shoemaker to evolve his vision again in the Junior footwear business with the launch of his first company and eponymous brand, Sam & Libby, which he created in 1987 with his wife, muse, and life-long business partner Libby Edelman. After selling Sam & Libby, Sam Edelman went on to pursue his other passion as a horse breeder, trainer and equestrian. Sam Edelman came out of retirement when he recognized a void in the marketplace- fashion-forward footwear built straight from the hottest trends and runways around the world but at a price-point every woman could afford. With that inspiration fueling what would become his next greatest success, the Sam Edelman brand was launched in 2004. In 2010, Brown Shoe announced its acquisition of Edelman Shoe, Inc.
Sam Edelman retains his role as President of the Sam Edelman division and continues to be based in Edelman Shoe’s Manhattan offices and design studios. The brand’s handbag and outerwear lines launched in 2011 and the Sam Edelman flagship store opened on Spring Street in the heart of Soho’s shopping district Fall of 2012.