Six students from LCF’s BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation course were recently selected to show their work at luxury leathergoods designer, Bill Amberg’s Studio in London for the Functional Luxury Design Award Show.
As part of the course’s live industry projects, students were invited to visit Bill Amberg’s Studio for lectures, inspiration and technical support. Students were then tasked with making their own products based on the theme of ‘functional luxury’.
Bill Amberg said:
“It’s been such an exciting project with LCF, it seemed a shame not to share it with an audience. The way the students have understood the notion of a new bespoke has been a revelation. If these students are the future of design we are in for a treat.”
The six finalists, Louise De Groote, Ayobami Oyefeso, Sola Dong, Jasmine Taylor, Reike Kamasaki and Sachan Poppo-Williams, showcased their work as part of the inaugural Queens Park Design District Festival. The event attracted a large number of visitors from as far afield as the USA and the Netherlands.
Darla Gilroy, Programme Director for Cordwainers said,
“Footwear and accessories are the fastest growing product categories today and a key part of our student experiences are our industry links and live projects. We wanted to work with Bill because central to his success is his ethos of developing luxury products through the process of making, his passion for craft skills and an extensive knowledge of leather. This has been a great benefit to our future generation of accessories makers.”