Our 5 finalists have started their assignment in October. On the road to the final they have shared their moodboards, sketches and storytelling.
Let's have a quick recap of the assignment:
- Create a shoe collection consisting of 6 styles in total.
- The project should be adaptable to trends and time. Make it more relevant than just a fashion circle.
- Use sustainable manufactured leather
Quick - Scroll down to have a look at the final prototypes, moodboards, storytelling and sketches!
RE_D.U.W.S. by Alexandros Vasdekis
Since sustainable products also have an extended usage and life after their purchase, I came up with the idea of designing and creating modular footwear that can be used in different ways, customised to the owners’ needs, mood, style, personality, and age, as well as to the season and the context they are used, therefore prolonging their life-span. For this sustainability challenge, I have designed timeless, seasonless but also contemporary footwear styles, each of which can be worn in more than one way, and that can be restyled with different elements, making them truly personalised and sustainable.
The name of the collection “RE_D.U.W.S.” (pronounced REDUCE, a subtle node to the waste we need to reduce to save our planet), echoes the essence of this sustainable footwear project. Just like there are different ways for these shoes to be worn, in the same way the project’s name is open to various interpretations. Each letter represents a different word standing for sustainability, enabling the combination of words and the creation of a new personal collection name each time, thus offering a different and unique experience and product for each customer.
'RE' is the prefix that means again, since something that is sustainable can be used continuously. Combined with the letters D,U,W,S, the following words can form: RE-D(defined, designed, done, discovered),RE-U(used, updated,united), RE-W(worn, wished), and RE-S(shared, shaped, selected, shuffled)‘S(shared, shaped, selected, shuffled).
Modern Movers by Guglielmo Gorno
We live in a globalised world.
We’re all connected to each other.
This collection is created for the “Modern Movers”
The new generation living in our world, evolving every day.
The “modern movers” have to be better than the older generations in preserving the environment.
This collection aims to lay the foundation for a more sustainable future taking inspiration from the relationship between man and nature, mixing tradition and innovation.
A new foundation for sustainable fashion
Roots by Javier Albanil Mogollón
Roots works from la Maremma area, in the Tuscany region, home of the so-called 'Butteri', the original cowboys taking care of the cattle over their horses.
Butteri men and women have always been using leather of the animal that these men and women bred to make their boots, saddles and many other objects.
Roots reduces the distance between raw material, process and manufacture for the final product, minimizing the environmental impact, from the exceptional sustainable leather to the supply chain needed to develop the shoes.
Roots re-thinks, re-sets and re-values the product from the heart, from the traditional way of living of the Butteri, up to the sustainable sourcing and shoe fabrication.
Home Base by Hommy Diaz
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Nicholas Bloom, Professor and Senior Fellow
"We see an incredible 42 percent of the U.S. labor force now working from home fulltime. About another 33 percent are not working – a testament to the savage impact of the lockdown recession. And the remaining 26 percent – mostly essential service workers – are working on their business premises. So, by sheer numbers, the U.S. is a working-from-home economy. Almost twice as many employees are working from home as at work”.
“The stigma associated with working from home prior to COVID-19 has disappeared”.
Assimilate to the new normal
Re-Icon by Laure Wolff
Style conveys timelessness
ICONIC, CLASSIC and TRADITIONAL have endless ways to be RE-NEWED
Material conveys durability
Leather with its innovation remains the most SENSIBLE choice of material for footwear for its adaptability and durability
Constructions convey inclusivity
The styles I designed are suited for both men and women in an idea of UNITY and acceptance.
They are also imagined to be CROSS GENERATIONS
Finishes convey modernity
The finishes proposed inspire to reconsider segments.
Where does classic end ? When does fashion start ?
Can we MERGE THE BOUNDARIES ?
Stitches convey a return to craft and
A LINK between our heritage and what we today are
Durable, sensible, inclusive, adapted. Iconic footwear styles from all over the world can endlessly be reshaped to suit contemporary reality, desires and concerns