Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. for Kris Wilson, president of Vince Camuto Handbags at Camuto Group, at Our Lady of the Annunciation in Queensbury, N.Y.
Wilson, 53, died Monday following a battle with cancer. She was active in the company until her death.
Wilson grew up in Glens Falls, N.Y., and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in counseling psychology. She then pursued her love of fashion at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Her first job in fashion was with Polo Ralph Lauren as a manager of the home department in one of its stores, and she later joined the Lauren organization in the children’s division. She eventually became an account executive and assistant accessories buyer at the company.
Wilson worked at Liz Claiborne as national sales manager of accessories before moving to the Nine West Group, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, rising to senior vice president of Nine West Footwear and then president of Bandolino Footwear. She joined Camuto Group in 2012 and was president of Vince Camuto Handbags, overseeing design and sales for five of its brands: Vince Camuto women’s and men’s, Louise et Cie, Lucky Brand and ED Ellen DeGeneres handbags.
”Kris was a wonderful person, and we were tremendously lucky to have her as part of our family and team here at Camuto Group. Kris was smart, savvy and kind to everyone. I am honored to have had the privilege to work closely with her for many years, and she will be missed every day,” said Alex Del Cielo, chief executive officer of Camuto Group.
Wilson divided her time between her Manhattan and Washington, Conn., homes.
She is survived by her husband, John; her mother, Dorothy Kokoletsos; sister Kim Hans, and brothers Kevin Charles and Kent Charles.
A memorial service will be held on Feb. 16 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Washington, Conn., at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.