Seen & Heard: Evan Mittman

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

Anyone who has met or talked with Evan Mittman is aware of his energy. You would be hardpressed not to feel it. It is infectious to say the least. Mr. Mittman is a presence above all else. This Seen & Heard was conducted over the phone, and we are willing to bet when you listen to the audio, you will feel his presence as well.

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

Photo credit: Fred Marcus Studio

During his first year of college Mr. Mittman began to lose his sight. He dropped out, only to come back and graduate by using reel to reel tapes to help him study and take course work at his own pace. In his 20s, Mr. Mittman began making simple belts for young men and gradually made his fortune by making licensed accessories for the likes of Lacoste and Calvin Klein through his own company Cipriani.

Mr. Mittman has retired from his long and successful career in the fashion world, but still plays an active part in pursuing a cure for blindness. He currently serves on the board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Additionally, he is a self-proclaimed, “beloved professor” at Marist College.

Give this interview a listen and learn all about Evan Mittman’s inspirational story. Anyone, not just the visually impaired, can glean great life lessons from some of the answers he gave us and the stories he shared.

If you want some more words of wisdom from Mr. Mittman, click here to see our Facebook Live where he gives some of the best advice you’ll ever get.