Etu F. Evans
The Prince of Lux Footwear
Etu Evans, shoe designer to the stars, is a creator of bespoke footwear that seemingly makes clothes optional. The former behavioral therapist turned shoe therapist, indulges his elite clientele with caviar, exotic elixirs and stimulating foot massages. Evans has been hailed by Footwear News as the prince of luxe footwear and the new media darling by FashionWindows.com. Timeout New York reports, "his sexy irreverent heels have earned him the nickname Harlem Blahnik, and the shoe fits." Shuz Magazine has dubbed him as "the strongest contender in the Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo arena." The New York Post agrees stating, "Etu Evans has turned the world upside down on its stiletto heel." Evans considers himself a life impresario, scholar, orator and philanthropist whose pains have been transfixed into sculptures of strength.
The formerly learning disabled student was influenced by his grandmother, Queen Esther, to do anything he put his mind to if he prayed, practiced and believed in himself. Grandmother Queen Esther would make Evans practice his speeches repeatedly with her hair brush as his microphone, and insisted that his shoes were shined. As a result of her profound impact on his life, Evans became heavily influenced by her vibrant collections of shoes, hats, and jewelry. Additionally, Evans says that his mother, Rosa, is a creative force in the field of education and inspired him to overcome his learning challenges and broken home turmoil by combining creativity with academic pursuits.
Evans is a 4.0 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Cum Laude graduate of South Carolina State University. He pursued his creative studies in continuing education at the Parsons School of Design and in footwear and accessories with an associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, both located in New York City. He is an adjunct professor at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. Evans established and implemented behavioral programs for the affluent in France and Italy He a highly sought after speaker and consultant throughout the Eastern seaboard. Said Les Brown, motivational speaker and best selling author: "If you have a dream you want to make happen, this is the person you must listen to." He established Etu Evans, LLC in 1993, designing millinery and jewelry and has since expanded to include footwear and accessories. The beguiling creations of Etu Evans have captured the attention of Ducati, Parisian fashionistas and publications such as German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Spanish Marie Claire, Essence, Vibe, In Style (UK), Women's Wear Daily, Ebony (30 Leaders of the Future) and Black Enterprise (Rising Star nominee). Evans continues to leave footprints on runways of 7th on 6th fashion shows and his designs have adorned the soles of Halle Berry, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Iman, Lil' Kim, Danny Glover and Erykah Badu, to name a few. He has been featured on the Hottest Designer segment of The View, VH1's The Fabulous Life of Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model, Good Morning America, Fox 5's Good Day New York and Access Hollywood. Evans concedes, "Etu Evans? is the DNA of luxocrats a long French kiss with a massage of American Mystique the mark of the fashion cognoscenti." Evans uses his behavioral training to capture the character of his subjects through sensual curves and lines found in the aesthetic of his greyhound mascot. He says, "Shoes are the ultimate narrator. They tell everything about one's spirit, sex, status and style." Fashion writer Jennifer Cattaui declares, "Etu's shoes possess an inexplicable aphrodisiac property much like the sweets de résistance in Chocolat. Women and men alike find lack of control when left amongst the sensuous soles of his shoes."
This consummate entrepreneur and artistic visionary has been recognized as the Tony Shopping Award recipient from Time Out New York; Crain's New York Small Business of the Year; and Project Enterprise New York Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also been recognized as a Man of Influence by the National Urban League; as the face of Martel Cognac's Rise Above' ad campaign saluting visionary men; and as a Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He was acknowledged by Macy's for design excellence in their 2008 Catch the Designer' campaign. More recently, he was presented a proclamation for outstanding service to the world of fashion by New York State Senator Bill Perkins.
Evans' philanthropic efforts were honored by Burger King's Everyday Heroes National Campaign and by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as the 2nd District Citizen of the Year. He is also the 2008 Public Service recipient by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. In 1998, the gifted and enigmatic intellectual founded the Solesville Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people get on their feet through shoe drives/repair/redistribution, and philanthropic efforts for Children living with AIDS/HIV. Solesville is committed to its motto "Saving soles one step at a time." olesville donates shoes to Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States to prevent infectious diseases acquired through foot lesions. Evan's magnificent obsession is to connect the village of Harlem to the villages of Africa to create The Etu Evans Pediatric, AIDS, and Podiatry Hospital. For more information, visit www.solesville.net. Mr. Evans also founded the Purple Boot Initiative, a scientifically CABAS based mentoring, fatherhood initiative, and leadership case study for boys ages 7-11 at the Harlem Day Charter School, and the Indian Head Elementary School in Maryland. To view "Little Obamas .creating steps to greatness" log onto www.purpleboot.org for Etu's next footprints.