Initially founded as a fashion footwear brand, Nine West expanded into handbags, glasses and sunglasses, eyewear and accessories. Nine West launcehd handbags in 1995, and then expanded to dresses, suits and children's footwear. It also offers its good through licensing agreements. In 1995, Nine West purchased the footwear division of the United States Shoe Corporation, which included the Easy Spirit brand.
In 1999, Nine West was acquired by Jones Apparel Group, and in 2006, Nine West began collaborating with Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon and Sophia Kokosalaki on limited edition "capsule collections". In 2009, Nine West and New Balance collaborated to develop a collection of footwear.
In 2018, Nine West's U.S. business filed for bankruptcy and closed all its stores. The Nine West brand was then acquired by Authentic Brands Group.