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John Varvatos Men's Shoes

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Award-winning menswear designer John Varvatos credits his love of rock and roll music as the inspiration for his work in the fashion world. Ad campaigns shot for his main collection aptly feature bands such as Alice Cooper, Dave Matthews, and Iggy Pop. Creative innovation remains at the core of the Varvatos brand and is apparent in the John Varvatos shoe.

Step out in style with burnished toe and wrinkled vamp in the Fleetwood Sharpei Chelsea John Varvatos shoe. Crafted from luxurious suede, it features a vintage-inspired finish. For an offbeat, edgy look, try the Lynx Lafayette John Varvatos shoe crafted in premium calf hair and accented by an elegant lynx-print motif. For a laid-back loafer style, the Mick espadrille slip-on loafer is a great business-casual John Varvatos shoe. Woven espadrille accents the soft suede. The slip-on style features a buckle strap accent.


John Varvatos was born in 1955 in Detroit to parents who immigrated to Michigan from a little village on the Greek island of Kefalonia. He grew up in Allen Park, Michigan, and at the age of 16 was hired by a menswear store in nearby Dearborn. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1980, he co-founded Fitzgerald's Menswear Store in Grand Rapids. In 1983, he became a member of the Polo Ralph Lauren team. In 1990, he crossed over to Calvin Klein and became head of menswear design. He returned to Ralph Lauren in 1995 to become the head of menswear design. By the end of 2000, he had started his own company with his first line debuting in New York City. That same year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrated his efforts with the Perry Ellis Award of New Menswear Designer.

Although fashion designing remained his first love, Varvatos found a way to bring his passion for music on the scene. In 2009, he hosted a monthly radio show highlighting songs and interviews from artists who had influenced his fashion career. In 2012, he joined celebrity mentors on NBC's show Fashion Star. In 2014, he partnered with another label to launch John Varvatos Records. He eventually became a philanthropist led by a fusion of the fashion and music industry.
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