Tuesday 20 August 2013

The Art of Shoes: Are you Singapore's next big thing?

Isn’t it about time that Singapore had its own Jimmy Choo?

And by that I’m not calling for more outlets on the little red dot, but for someone to step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves in the cordwaining world (that’s the real name for luxury shoemakers)

Well if you ever fancied yourself as the next big thing but didn’t have the funding or training to make a difference then you HAVE to be interested in this new contest - The Art of Shoes - being run by Singapore’s Textile and Fashion Training Council (TaF.tc)

Those who register and take part stand a chance of winning a cash prize, a trip to a prestigious shoe event in Milan, a sponsored diploma course in shoemaking and a work placement with Charles and Keith.

Not bad eh? So the next obvious question is, what do you have to do?

Simple. Just go to the website www.theartofshoes.com.sg and fill in a form. You will then get access to an intensive course in shoe design and manufacturing from the ultra successful Milan-based Ars Sutoria School.

That’s when you’ll have to get your creative head on as you design and submit a portfolio to go before the judges, with the chosen finalists going up for public vote and a final showdown event.

It’s a pretty amazing contest as you not only get basic training in shoe design, but you get the chance to study for a diploma and get the chance to work at one of the best employers in Singapore.

The Art of Shoes competition is being held to mark the launch of the WSQ Diploma in Fashion Technology (Footwear Design and Product Development), a serious course held in conjunction with Ars Sutoria that will give a thorough grounding in every aspect of the business.
And in the interests of full disclosure, I have to tell you that one of the reasons I’m promoting this contest is because I will be involved in it!
Don’t worry, you don’t need to come up against my shoe designing talents. Instead you’ll have to impress me as I have been chosen as one of the panel of judges selecting the finalists.
The closing date for The Art of Shoes is 8 September. Remember you can enter the contest by visiting www.theartofshoes.com.sg and keep up to date with the latest news on TaF.tc’s Facebook page.