Kenneth Cole (born March 23, 1954) is an American clothing designer. Born in Brooklyn, he is a graduate of Emory University. Kenneth resides in Purchase, New York, with wife Maria Cuomo Cole (daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo) and their three daughters.
He got his start by selling shoes out of the back of a 40-foot trailer in Midtown Manhattan. At that time, the only people who could get parking permits from the city were utility companies like AT&T, or production companies shooting full-length films. So, Kenneth Cole changed his company name from Kenneth Cole, Inc. to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., and applied for a permit to shoot a flim entitled, "The Birth of a Shoe Company." Parked across from the New York Hilton, they sold 40,000 pairs of shoes in just two and a half days. To this day, the company's official name is still Kenneth Cole Productions in honor of their unusual beginning.