May 17, 2021
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Cordwainers Footwear Awards to be digital again

May 17, 2021

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers announced Monday its 2021 awards ceremony will continue digitally for a second year, “to ensure that the students can benefit from this career-defining event”.

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Prizes totalling £12,000 are up for grabs and, this year, there will also be a new award for sustainability.

Led by Cordwainer ‘Liveryman’ Katie Greenyer, the judging panel will be assessing the work of three footwear universities — De Montfort University, the University of Northampton and London College of Fashion at University of the Arts, London.

Previous winners include Helen Kirkum, Meta Cunder and Ganor Dominic, all “making their mark in the industry, having used their prize money to fund further education in footwear design, or start their own footwear design businesses”.

Master of the Company, Peter Lamble, said: “After a more than challenging year, the 2021 Awards are just as important. [They] embody the company's core purpose, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting both the footwear industry and student footwear designers”.

Joachim Sedelmeier, juror and head of Design, Shoes for Paul Smith, added: “It is so important to support future talent particularly in these challenging times”.

The winners will be announced on 10 June at 4pm through a live-stream on the @worshipfulcordwainers Instagram account and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Facebook page. 

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