The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever
Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling startup he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion-dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his unconventional hiring strategies to his slavish devotion to product, Madden offers a business perspective that is as unique as his styles. In The Cobbler, readers are treated to the wild ride though his rise, fall, and comeback. But they will also walk away uplifted by a man who has owned up to his mistakes and come back determined to give back and use his hard-won platform to create positive change.
Steve Madden resides in New York City, near the Iconic Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. His Summer home is in Sag Harbor Long Island in The Hamptons. A man who wears many hats-and shoes-Steve Madden cannot be described in one word. He is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, and a business titan whose eponymous company is currently worth 3 billion dollars. On the flip side, he is an ex-con, a recovering addict, and a devoted family man. Over the past thirty years, the provocative shoe designer built a booming brand and nearly lost it all to The Wolf of Wall Street, only to rebound by giving back and creating a global empire. Through it all, he hasn’t forgotten his humble beginnings or his core consumer, resulting in millions of adoring fans worldwide. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the twenty-first century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting, and more importantly, how this will translate to the customer. He is also an active philanthropist and mentor who supports a number of organizations that help those in need of a second chance.
Jodi Lipper is a New York Times bestselling ghost writer, book doctor, and editorial consultant who works with high profile experts and celebrities to garner major publishing deals and translate their experiences and expertise into highly effective and marketable books. Jodi has co-written several notable memoirs as well as prescriptive books about diet and fitness, business, relationships, and parenting.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Jodi edited fiction at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where she worked with numerous #1 New York Times best sellers such as Jodi Picoult, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, and the late Vince Flynn. This experience coupled with her work as an author on her own trio of best sellers has given Jodi unique insight into the entire publishing process. She knows how to write the type of proposals and manuscripts that editors respond to in a highly versatile style that captures each author’s unique voice. This is one reason the industry’s top publishers and agents repeatedly hire Jodi to collaborate on their books.