DSW Debuts Winning Shoes from FIT Competition

DSWColumbus, OH—For SunJeong Kang, this will definitely be “A Design Affair” to remember.

A native of South Korea and a 2012 graduate of the Accessories Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Kang earned first prize in “A Design Affair” shoe design contest–the first competition sponsored by DSW Inc. in conjunction with FIT.

Picture1 copyKang beat out 44 other students, each who submitted two designs to a panel of judges from DSW Inc. Each of the 5 finalists received a ten day scholarship at the Ars Sutoria School in Milan and had their samples produced by Marc Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto and Highline.

Kang received the $1,500 grand cash prize and had her designs produced for DSW.

Kang designed the Violet & Red Wallis Sandal (in black and neutral) and the Violet & Red Sandy bootie (in black and brown), two styles that won the judges over for their creative use of architectural elements and mixed materials.

DSW2“We love this partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology. This program found a lot of new, exciting design talent and gave the students a rare opportunity to work alongside established brands and learn from master craftsmen at the Ars Sutoria School in Milan,” says Debbie Ferree, DSW vice-chairman and chief merchandising officer.

“We are committed to nurturing emerging designers and are grateful to FIT, Marc Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto, Highline United, H.H. Brown and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) for their generous support.”

Both shoes are now available on DSW’s website here and here.

 

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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including 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.