DSW is an acronym for Designer Shoe Warehouse, which sells varied footwear collections for stylish kids, men and women. The company initiated in the year 1969 and then it was called Shonac Corporation. Before public offering, the name was changed to DSW Inc. They started their first outlet in July 1991 and now operate more than 360 stores both offline and online in nearly 40 states of America. Besides selling more than 24,000 athlete, casual and dress shoes; it has an assortment of hosiery items, accessories and handbags. It also includes nearly 335 lease departmental stores internally by others. In February, 2011, DSW announced merger with Retail Ventures.