Vangelis Doukakis was born and raised in Piraeus. His flair for painting and drawing -originated since his childhood- characterized him and made him excel throughout his school years. Several years later, he worked in shoe factories to make a living and as an employee, he got acquainted with all the stages of shoe making.
In his mid-twenties, as he had already presented two solo painting exhibitions in Piraeus, he started focusing exclusively on shoe design. He graduated with honors from the single one-year state designers’ school of the time, he then became an assistant designer for a short period and immediately after, he started working as a senior designer in big shoe factories.
The elegance of his lines, his mathematical thinking, the valuable experience he had gained in shoe manufacturing, as well as his imaginary creativity were those elements that forged his success and established him as one of the best shoe designers.