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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Since Greatness Is Achievable, Then Excellence Is Not An Option.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1969
Birth Location:
Orangeburg, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Since Greatness Is Achievable, Then Excellence Is Not An Option.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1969
Birth Location:
Orangeburg
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Biography

Fashion designer and entrepeneur Etu Evans was born on February 2, 1969 in Orangeburg, South Carolina though he spent much of his youth with his family in Harlem and Queens, New York. His mother Rosa was an educator, who helped Evans overcome a learning disability and eventually excel in school. Evans started his first business, in flower arranging, at the age of six. By the time he was thirteen, he began showing interest in fashion and interior design. Evans attended South Carolina State University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in social work in 1992.

Evans established the design company Etu Evans, LLC in 1993, focusing on jewelry and hats. However, he continued a career outside of fashion and in 1996, earned his M.S. degree in applied behavioral science from Columbia University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Evans moved to Europe, where he worked in Italy and France as a behavioral therapist. In a chance meeting on the streets of Paris, Evans met the publicist for Gucci, and decided to leave his job in order to focus on design.

The scope of Etu Evans, LLC has broadened to include accessories and, especially, shoes. Evans became known for his fashion forward footwear designs, which have been worn by celebrities including Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Beyoncé Knowles, Danny Glover and Chris Tucker. His work has been featured at New York’s Fashion Week and covered in a broad range of international fashion magazines.

In 1998, Evans founded the Solesville Foundation. This organization collects, repairs, and redistributes new and used shoes and is frequently cited for the effectiveness it had during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, Louisiana. Solesville also coordinated a youth AIDS walk and a shoe repair apprenticeship program for underprivileged youth. Evans’s philanthropic efforts have earned him the Burger King Everyday Heroes National Campaign Honor and the “Citizen of the Year” award from his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the National Association of Social Workers. Etu was also chosen by Ebony magazine as one of its “30 Leaders of the Future.”

Etu Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 30, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Etu Evans' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Etu Evans lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Etu Evans describes his mother's family background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Etu Evans describes his father's personality and profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Etu Evans talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Etu Evans remembers his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Etu Evans describes his early fashion influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Etu Evans talks about the significance of footwear in the African American community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Etu Evans talks about his early memories and entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Etu Evans remembers celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Etu Evans lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Etu Evans describes his community in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Etu Evans describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Etu Evans talks about his learning disability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Etu Evans remembers Brookdale Middle School in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Etu Evans remembers his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Etu Evans talks about his early business ventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Etu Evans recalls developing his taste for luxury fashions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Etu Evans talks about his interest in interior design
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Etu Evans remembers visiting his relatives in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Etu Evans remembers South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Etu Evans recalls his introduction to social work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Etu Evans describes his religious influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Etu Evans talks about mental health in the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Etu Evans talks about the history of footwear
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Etu Evans talks about the process of making shoes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Etu Evans remembers establishing Etu Evans, LLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Etu Evans recalls opening Sole Kitchen in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Etu Evans remembers his admission to Columbia University in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Etu Evans describes his graduate studies at Columbia University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Etu Evans remembers the Parsons School of Design in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Etu Evans recalls transferring to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Etu Evans describes his work as a behavioral therapist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Etu Evans describes his start in the footwear design industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Etu Evans talks about his celebrity clientele
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Etu Evans describes his coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Etu Evans recalls his peers at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Etu Evans recalls working with the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Etu Evans talks about the Solesville: Etu Evans Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Etu Evans talks about the value of quality footwear
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Etu Evans shares two of his shoe designs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Etu Evans talks about teaching at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Etu Evans talks about his reputation as a shoe designer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Etu Evans talks about the invention of the shoe lasting machine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Etu Evans lists his awards and honors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Etu Evans describes his public speaking career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Etu Evans talks about his perspective on religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Etu Evans talks about the next generation of shoe designers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Etu Evans describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Etu Evans reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Etu Evans narrates his photographs