PENSOLE Announces MLab, First Material Design Focused Class

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy just announced PENSOLE | MLab Powered by Vibram, a four week program that challenges top designers from around the globe by immersing them in a PENSOLE program focused on material design principles.

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, based out of Portland, Oregon, is known for its footwear design contests and the talent that comes from the school. This competition will begin after a search for 20 designers from around the world — 12 in footwear, five in color and materials, and three in brand design. The PENSOLE | MLab master class will take place between February 20 to March 17, 2017. The selected designers will compete in designing an athleisure shoe using materials from PENSOLE | MLab’s key vendors and an outsole provided specifically for this competition by Vibram. The winners of the competition will receive compensation from Vibram for the design of the shoe, which will be sold globally.

You can register for the PENSOLE | MLab and get more information about the course here. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Scholarships will be provided for hand-picked designers by Vibram.

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As part of their routine every morning before students start their day of work, D’Wayne Edwards gives a morning pep-talk, dispenses advice and discusses industry practices at the World Sneaker Championship workshop at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The four week workshop, serves as a footwear design “master class” the athletic footwear industry can hire directly from, and to learn from the industry’s finest.
Sneaker Design Competition
Sneakers
Various/Portland, OR, USA
8/5/2014
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Credit: Marcus Yam

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Claudia Lopez ponders as D’Wayne Edwards critiques her sneaker design ideas during the WSC workshop at the Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The school, founded in 2010 by D’Wayne Edwards, former footwear design director for Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc. The school was formed to provide all talented young design students, regardless of socioeconomic background, an opportunity to attend a footwear design “master class” the athletic footwear industry can hire directly from, and to learn from the industry’s finest.
Sneaker Design Competition
Sneakers
Various/Portland, OR, USA
8/5/2014
X158590 TK2
Credit: Marcus Yam

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CMF instructor Suzette Henry hugs Pensole Academy founder D’Wayne Edwards as they wrap up a successful footwear design workshop as students conclude their final presentations for the World Sneaker Championships at Pensole Academy, in Portland, on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Sneaker Design Competition
Sneakers
Various/Portland, OR, USA
8/15/2014
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Credit: Marcus Yam

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Students listen to D’Wayne Edwards, third from right, as he gives advice during the WSC workshop at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The school, founded in 2010 by D’Wayne Edwards, former footwear design director for Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc. The school was formed to provide all talented young design students, regardless of socioeconomic background, an opportunity to attend a footwear design “master class” the athletic footwear industry can hire directly from, and to learn from the industry’s finest.
Sneaker Design Competition
Sneakers
Various/Portland, OR, USA
8/5/2014
X158590 TK2
Credit: Marcus Yam

Source: PENSOLE

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