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The Worshipful Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Award 2019 


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The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers is the oldest livery company in the City of London. This month industry influencers and Cordwainers’ members came together to celebrate the best upcoming shoe designers in the UK. A testament to the future of footwear previous award winner Helen Kirkum spoke at the event encouraging her predecessors. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers launched the National Footwear Student of the Year Awards to support the future of the shoe industry and to celebrate and encourage young footwear talent. Previous winners have continued to make their mark in the industry and have used their prize money to fund further education in footwear design or start their own footwear design business. Expressing the importance of these awards Penny Graham, Clerk at the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers stated: “We are delighted to host this national award for the very best footwear design students. We believe that recognising and supporting the next generation of footwear talent is an important part of helping Britain to maintain its position as the world leader in the design and manufacture of footwear.”

The work of 15 finalists was presented to the judging panel Atalanta Weller, Joachim Sedelmeier (Head of Design, Shoes, at Paul Smith), along with guest judge and previous winner Helen Kirkum and chaired by Katie Greenyer, Creative Director, Pentland Brands with a selection of from some of the leading universities in footwear design De Montfort University, University of Northampton and London College of Fashion.



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This year the 2019 winners are:



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1st Prize Meta Cunder London College of Fashion 2nd Prize Dimitri Gabellier De Montfort University 3rd Prize Emily Hill London College of Fashion Commendation 1: Monica Bateman University of Northampton Commendation 2: Sara McMullan London College of Fashion

Liveryman Katie Greenyer (Chair of the Judging Panel) commented: “I can really say this has been the highest of standards and the toughest year to judge by far, taking us an additional two hours to debate the work, challenge each other, and to delve deep into the students’ rationales to justify our decision.”

Ecstatic about her win, this year’s winner Meta Cunder described, “It feels incredible to win this award! It means the absolute world to me, as it will allow me to kick start my career and help me set up my own brand.”

The Cordwainers National Footwear Awards will continue to foster and bring recognition to the best in UK footwear design paving the way for the future of footwear designers through innovation creativity and design and this year in particular is a monument to many great award winning designs to come.