The Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and Arsutoria school, an Italian-based footwear school, announced Den Ly as the winner of the Joseph C. Moore Footwear Scholarship Monday.
The scholarship gives Ly, a senior studying accessories design at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the opportunity to train at Arsutoria’s 13-week pattern-making and prototyping course beginning in August in Milan along with school lodging, a prize package valued at more than $17,500.
“We are excited to announce the 2017 recipients of the Joseph C. Moore Footwear Scholarship,” said Ron Fromm, FFANY president. “Each year we look forward to helping provide further footwear design education to deserving students, and we congratulate this year’s winners.”
Participating students submitted their portfolios and application for consideration of the scholarship, along with five designs/sketches based on their inspiration, a resume and a motivational statement explaining why they should win the scholarship.
Rebecca Drobinski of Parsons took home second place while Jenevieve Woon of RISD was awarded third—both won a spot in Arsutoria’s five-day course on footwear fundamentals and the “Art of Traditional Shoemaking,” valued at $2,500.
The six finalists from schools like Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) received the Arsutoria e-learning course valued at $600.
Five industry veterans made up the judging committee, including Joe Moore, past president and CEO of FFANY; Keith Brown, president private label at Camuto Group; Dan Friedman, president global sourcing & supply chain at Caleres; Jim Gabriel, president footwear division at Global Brands; and Wendy Sani, senior director of international course development at Arsutoria.
The top three winners will be honored at the FFANY Industry event in New York City on the first day of the FFANY market, which will be held May 31-June 2.