The Clarks Footwear Award was awarded to Keri Thornton from De Montfort University, Leicester. Judges for the award included; Footwear Deisgner at Clarks – Keabetswe Masalila, Director of Footwear at WGSN – Claire Foster, and Hannah Rochelle, Creative Director and Founder of En Brouge.
Winner Keri Thornton said, “I just can’t believe it, I’m so excited to be the winner. I’m just looking for graduate opportunities, and really getting to grips with the whole industry from ideas, concepts, meeting new people.”
Another De Montfort University Dimitri Gabellier, won the YKK Accessories Award for his design for a sports shoe, inspired by the Hojojutsu, the traditional Japanese martial art of restraining a person using cord or rope. He also came second in the Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year award.
Judges were Clarks’ footwear designer Keabetswe Masalila, director of footwear at WGSN Claire Foster and Hannah Rochelle, creative director and founder, En Brouge.