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.
Kang 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.
“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.”