In Focus Podcast

Episode 138

…Chris has had a passion for shoe design since high school…


Welcome, Chris Donovan, a shoe designer! Chris lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and has had a passion for shoe design since high school. Chris says, that he never thought, “it was a feasible career for me.”

So, Chris Donovan did the “sensible thing” and got a job at the phone company. He worked there as a repairman for 25 years. However, he says, “all those years I never stopped sketching shoes.”

At 50 Chris was diagnosed with cancer but it was caught early and cured. He says, “It changed my priorities.” He left his job and went to Italy to pursue a Masters’s Degree in Footwear from the Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy, “amongst the top ten fashion institutes in the world.”

After graduating he started his own shoe line because he wanted the world to see his designs. Chris Donovan has shown at Dutch Design Week, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has also been on Project Runway and met Tim Gunn.

The Artists Index co-founder and Visual Arts Podcast Host, Ron Fortier, talks with Chris Donovan about his background, passion, and path to his dream. This episode was recorded with Zoom in 2023. We continue using Zoom, our podcast host’s studios, and our studio at the Spectrum Marketing Group in Howland Place in New Bedford.

We will accommodate our guests’ schedules and recording location/resources preference due to Covid’s continuing presence to allow them to remain in the comfort of their homes or because they don’t live in the South Coast of Massachusetts.

The whole concept of The Artists Index and our journey is still in the making and very organic. If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!



Chris Donovan

Fairhaven, MA 02719







This program is supported in part by a grant from the Fairhaven Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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