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“He’s one of the hottest shoe designers in the business. Beyoncé’ bounces in his footwear, Tyra Banks says, she’s a fan, and Lil Kim has strapped on some boots for a sexy photo shoot.” This proclamation is made by The New York Daily News.
Etu Evans is a Celebrity Shoe Designer, Founder of Etuology, a luxury cannabis skincare line and Solesville Foundation. He is dubbed as a Lifestyle Architect. Footwear News has hailed Evans as the prince of luxe footwear, while New York Time Out asserts, “His sexy irrelevant heels have made him a strong contender in the Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo arena.” The New York Post affirms; Etu Evans ‘has turned the world upside down on his stiletto heel.’ Tim Gunn summed it up in one word, “Fabulous!”
Etu is the mark of the fashion cognoscenti and known by his signature purple bottoms. Emoting his slogan, The Republic of Style, his designs have graced the pages of German Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Spanish Marie Claire, Essence, GQ, In Style (UK), Ebony (30 Leaders of the Future) and Black Enterprise. Celebrities who have donned Etu’s designs include: Halle Berry, Solange Knowles, Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, Cynthia Bailey, the late Aretha Franklin, Michael B. Jordan, Eric Benet, and the late John Singleton to name a few. He has been featured on the Hottest Designer segment on The View, America’s Next Top Model, Good Morning America, Fox 5’s Good Day New York, and Access Hollywood. Fashion writer Jennifer Cattaui declares, “Etu Evans’ shoes
posses an inexplicable aphrodisiac property much like the sweets de resistance in Chocolat.”
Etu received a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Social Work and minored in Marketing from South Carolina State University, where he was selected as the first Mr. South Carolina State. He continued his education at the Parsons School of Design and later earned an Associate’s degree in footwear and accessories from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Moreover, he served as an adjunct professor teaching Fashion Merchandising at Berkeley College in New York.
His Solesville Foundation specializes in global shoe drives and distribution throughout New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, South Carolina, Africa and the Caribbean. It sponsors shoe art exhibitions, Shoe Box Santa toy drives and provides advocacy and awareness for children and youth victims of sexual abuse, trafficking, and passes out solevivor bags to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Solesville’s motto is “Saving Soles/Souls One Step At A Time.” According to Les Brown, “If you have a dream you want to make happen, this is the person you must listen to.”
The quintessential renaissance man has been recognized as a Man of influence by the National Urban League and face of Martell Cognac “Rise Above” ad campaign. He was honored as the Tony Shopping Award recipient from Time Out New York, Crain’s New York Small Business of the Year, Bell South Calendar honoree and Project Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year. Etu is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and recipient of the Fraternity’s 2nd District Citizen of the Year award. Among his accolades include a Public Service award by New York State Mayor Andrew Cuomo and a proclamation for Outstanding Service to the World of Fashion by New York State Senator Bill Perkins.