Allen Edmonds holds design contest on campus
Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation (AE) invites BFA Junior and Seniors, and continuing AAS Fashion Design 2nd and 3rd semester students (enrolled in Spring 2012) to participate in a design competition, to reinvent and design the classic American men’s shoe. The young designers will be challenged to design a shoe based on the history of the brand, and leverage the 90th Anniversary of Allen Edmonds.
GREAT NEWS: We’ve extended the deadline to allow an extra week for submission.
Entries will be accepted up until 9 am, Monday January 23, 2012. Please deliver all submissions to 5th Floor Reception at our 560 Building attn: Josie Tirado
Kyle Farmer will be available throughout next week from Jan 17- 20 to provide interim feedback and support to you if you’d like to bounce your work off him or have questions about presentation. Please contact Kyle at email@example.com to arrange a meeting time.
The design team at AE will select the top six designs as first round finalists. These six students will participate in a two-day intensive CAD workshop with the Allen Edmonds design team. All six CAD designed sketches will be voted on to narrow the selection down to three, which will then be prototyped in the AE factory. After the three shoes have been prototyped, the final judging process will begin to select the winning shoe for actual production.
The final winning shoe design will be manufactured, in limited quantity and made available for distribution via Allen Edmonds corporate stores, e-commerce site and distributors in the United States. The shoes will be displayed at The Parsons Benefit in May and at a special event that will be held in NYC at an Allen Edmonds store. The top three designers, who have had their shoes prototyped, will also win a cash award. The winning shoe designer will receive a $5,000 award; the second and third place shoe designers will receive $2,500 each.
- Visual research/mood board no larger than 11×17
- A single page outlining your approach to the project.
- Design process minimum two pages
- Two final design illustration with multiple view flats (hand illustration or CAD, your choice)
- Fabric/treatments hardware board
Submission deadline to Parsons Monday, January 23, 2012
Six first round finalists notified Week of January 23, 2012
Six first round finalists flown to Wisconsin for CAD workshops Sat., January 28 – Mon., January 30, 2012
Areas for inspiration include:
-Allen Edmonds brand history. April 23, 2012 marks Allen Edmonds 90th anniversary.
-Use the ecommerce site to see current styles.
-Use Issuu (sign up for this free service) to view the historic Allen Edmonds catalogs featuring old shoe styles.
-Current trends in fashion.
Be certain to review the factory tour video below, and other videos on the Allen Edmonds site, to become more familiar with this brand.
Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any contest questions. Good luck!
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