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Cat Footwear and fashion bible Drapers launch new student design award


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If you’re studying fashion, and are looking for a foot in the door, then this exciting new collaboration between Cat Footwear and Drapers could be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

As part of their ethos to ‘Break New Ground’, Cat Footwear has teamed with industry insiders at Drapers to launch a brand new category at this year’s prestigious Footwear Awards – the ‘Graduate of The Year Award 2015’.  Hoping to uncover fresh talent in the footwear industry, the Drapers Footwear Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding performance, innovation and creativity among retailers, brands and individuals in this fast-paced sector.  

So, what do you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this new award? Hailing from a world of industry, where effort is everything and hard work pays off, Cat Footwear believe in those who strive, create, push the boundaries, innovate and break new ground.  

As the first awards category to have an entry mechanic, Cat Footwear are inviting students to rework, redesign and refresh their infamous Colorado silhouette (pictured above), accompanied by 250–300 words describing their thoughts and inspirations for their designs. 

Built to last, the construction of the Colorado boot remodelled the toughness, durability and manoeuvrability inherent in all CAT heavy machinery into hard-working equipment for your feet. Standing firm since 1991, every Colorado sole is stamped “Walking Machines,” a testament to footwear that has never backed down from the challenges ahead.

Entry is completely free and the deadline for submissions is 24th April 2015, and judging will take place on 21st May at the Cat Footwear showroom in London, where applicants will present their designs and concepts to the judges.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Footwear Awards at the new location of The Tower of London on 4th June 2015 – a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the sectors’ finest as well as meeting with the industry’s key movers and shakers for a night of networking and celebration. 

The winners will be announced at the ceremony, and will be awarded a double page spread feature in Drapers – a priceless opportunity to garner recognition and kick start their career in the footwear industry.

So don’t drag your feet, get your entry in before 24th April 2015, and you could be Cat Footwear ad Drapers’ first Graduate of the Year!

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