Kurt Geiger is an American-owned, essentially British niche-market footwear retailer that operates a combination of its own stores and concessions within department stores in a number of countries. Kurt Geiger operates with over 65 own stores nationwide, numerous concessions in leading department stores like House of Fraser, Harrods, Selfridges as well as a firm step onto the global stage through its own online shoe store - www.kurtgeiger.com.
It is the largest specialist luxury operator in Europe and is the sixth largest footwear retailer by revenues in the UK.
The company is named after its founder, an Austrian Jew and refugee from the Nazis, who opened its first shop in London's Bond Street in 1963. In addition to selling most of the major designer shoe brands, it also sells a number of own brand designs and operates its own on-line shoe store.
It has signed a long-term deal with the shoewear manufacturer Manolo Blahnik to operate boutiques for that company. After a management buyout in 2008, it was sold by Graphite Capital to the U.S.-based brand management company The Jones Group in 2011.
2012 will see Kurt Geiger's first move to North America with the launch of a US specific online store us.kurtgeiger.com as well as a number of Kurt Geiger stores scheduled to open in key locations across the country. This move serves to strengthen the company's reach and offer and further establish Kurt Geiger as a leader in its field.