Chris Donovan became a shoe designer at the age of 55. Chris spent most of his career as a telephone repairman. Feeling unfulfilled and knowing he was on this journey once he decided to chase his lifelong passion of shoe design. With no design background other than his sketches throughout his life he left his job and entered the Masters in Footwear program at Polimoda Fashion Institute. Chris opened the final graduation show with his collection and showed some of his designs at Dutch Design Week. Once home Chris won a contest on the television show Project Runway to meet Tim Gunn and have him critique his work. Chris will be launching his 1st line shortly.
Chris' unique vision developed from years spent drawing and studying everything around him. He takes inspiration from art, architecture, nature, found objects, and his many life experiences. Polimoda was able to help him retain his unique voice and bring it to a much higher level of sophistication.