Chris is a 25+ year veteran of the hospitality industry who started his career washing dishes, moved into serving and bartending, and ultimately into managing high-end restaurants and hotels. Throughout his life Chris dreamed of being in the design industry. His creativity, persistence, and high energy approach to life drove him to soak up as much knowledge as he could. He developed his love for making clothes when apprenticing for a leather designer in the mid 90's. He also made Mardi Gras costumes for himself while living in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina forced him out of town, Chris made his way to Austin. He earned an apprenticeship that turned into a tailor position at a high-end department store where he fine-tuned his clothing construction and alterations’ skills. Chris’ designs, patternmaking, leather craftsmanship, and sewing expertise led him to start his own custom sewing and alterations business.
In 2011, Chris had the opportunity to work with a local restaurant’s team designing uniforms and aprons for their staff. The restaurant was a hit and the uniforms got a lot of recognition. Things began to take off and Chris started worked with all the best restaurants in Austin. He decided to form Savilino, a business that paired his love for the service industry and passion for design. His uncompromising quality standards, friendliness, and commitment to having fun also contributed to Savilino’s success.
Since then, Savilino has partnered with top restaurants and hotels all over the country. His dream has now grown bigger and Savilino is posed to serve the industry globally.