BIO: I became a shoe designer at the age of 55 after spending most of my career as a telephone repairman. Feeling unfulfilled with the current career, I decided to chase my lifelong passion of shoe design. With no design background, other than my sketches made throughout my life, I left my job and entered the Masters in Footwear program at Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy. The program was able to help me retain my unique voice and bring it to a much higher level of sophistication. I opened the final graduation show with my collection and subsequently showed some of my designs at Dutch Design Week.
Back in Massachusetts, I won a contest hosted by Project Runway to meet judge Tim Gunn and have him critique my work. Gunn noted my unique vision, developed from years spent drawing and studying my surroundings. For each collection, I draw inspiration from art, architecture, nature, found objects, and his many life experiences. The collection, which ranges from $385 to $895, is available for purchase on www.chrisdonovanfootwear.com
ASSOCIATION TO FGI: FGI Rising Star Winner for Accessories