DSW Launches Shoe Design Competition with FIT

Columbus, OH—Surely this will be an affair to remember. A design affair, to be precise, with footwear retailer DSW.

Over the next six weeks, FIT students will be able to partake in DSW’s “A Design Affair” shoe design contest. Contestants will design a dress shoe and a boot, and five finalists will have their designs produced by one of five vendors: Mark Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto and Highline United.

Leading executives from DSW will judge the final samples and the winner will receive an internship with his or her brand partner, a $1,500 cash prize and will see his or her shoes produced for a select number of DSW stores and DSW.com. The runner-up will also win an internship with his or her brand partner and a $250 DSW gift card.

“We are very excited to partner with the Fashion Institute of Technology to sponsor ‘A Design Affair,'” said Debbie Ferree, vice chairman and chief merchandising officer, DSW Inc. “We cannot wait to see the creative designs presented by the FIT students. It’s possible that ‘A Design Affair’ might just give the fashion world its next big shoe designer!”

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear and accessories for women, men and kids. DSW operates 326 stores in 40 states and an e-commerce site. DSW also supplies footwear to 336 leased locations in the United States.



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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine & accessoriesmagazine.com
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.