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LCF students involved in Deni-Deni Leather Goods Project

Sarah English’s, cigar humidor and blown glass – Collaboration Award
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Published date
24 March 2015

Congratulations to BA Cordwainers Bags & Accessories student Rachel Doerk who has won of the Deni-Deni industry linked design project.

Rachel Doerk’s Space capsule design – Overall Winner and Innovation Award

Deni-Deni is a bespoke accessories company founded by Cordwainer’s alumni Denise Pearson who has carved out a niche in the luxury leather goods market. She has received commissions from discerning clientele and collaborated with industry partners including Topshop Unique for London Fashion Week which focus on the highest level of craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. The Made in England handbag and luggage collection has seen an expansion into premium leather interior design products, which was the starting point for the second year’s project.

The brief was to select an exclusive interior destination such as 5-star hotel, A-list restaurant or millionaire’s penthouse and create a collection of premium leather goods interior products, whilst remaining true to the Deni-Deni design ethos.

Winner Rachel was noted for her innovation with a futuristic collection of dual-purpose perspex and leather interior products/body pieces designed for a space capsule. Denise was so impressed with the passion and creativity of the work that special mention was made to five other students for their outstanding pieces.


Ana Terauda’s jellyfish chandelier

Charlie Wilkinson was noted for Mixed Media. Her retro stereo player for Rosita Missoni’s eccentric living room utilised molding, woodwork and weaving techniques. Dan Thompson’s dramatic stag antler and leather leaf candlestick, designed for Les Trois Garcons restaurant, Shoreditch stood out for its commerciality.  Sarah English was commended for collaborative enterprise. Sarah worked with a glass blower to realise her pimpled whisky tumbler and decanter designs, which coordinated perfectly with an ostrich skin covered cigar humidor. Bella Kerovirta was noted for the outstanding craftsmanship of her minimalist men’s briefcase. Joe Mangan who created a rabbit fur bag/chess set/magazine rack rolled-into-one was recognized for sheer effort due to his impressive entrepreneurial and PR skills.

Geometric teabag-shaped bags for a Japanese teahouse, a tropical Hawaiian leather tabletop setting for a retro kitchen, a leather clad wooden croquet set chest for a country house, lips pouffe for the Sanderson hotel and a jellyfish chandelier for a restaurant show the sheer diversity of the design work, which all the students should be commended on.

Well done to all the students involved!