Brown Shoe To Acquire Bennett Footwear

St. Louis, Brown Shoe Co. will acquire Boston-based Bennett Footwear Group LLC for $205 million in a deal expected to close in May. Bennett brands, including Via Spiga, Franco Sarto and Etienne Aigner, are sold in major department stores and specialty shops. It also operates eight Via Spiga retail stores.

“Bennett Footwear Group is the perfect fit for Brown Shoe Group,” said Ron Fromm, chairman and CEO, Brown Shoe.

Brown’s senior management will join Brown Shoe and continue to head the Bennett brands.

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