Bernard A. Edison
Taking the helm of the family business from his father and uncle, Edison went on to lead it through its strongest period of growth and financial performance. He dramatically expanded operations, opening new designer footwear stores including Baker’s, Chandler’s, and Leed’s, and diversifying into apparel through outlets including J. Riggings and Jeans West. Edison centered his outlets in suburban malls to capitalize on the growth of this distribution channel in the 70’s and 80’s.

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