Pensole Teams with BMe to Foster African-American Shoe Talent

Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in partnership with BMe Community, a network of black men and others committed to building better communities, has launched Pensole presents BMe Soleciety. The hands-on, four-week intensive footwear-design master class was created to empower, educate and mentor the next generation of leaders in the industry, according to Pensole founder D’Wayne Edwards.

“Our goal is to show our youth they can be more than consumers,” said Edwards, in a company statement. “So we have assembled a network of more than 50 African-American footwear professionals nationwide to put them on the path to success in this industry.”

The BMe Soleciety master class will take place from Aug. 3-28 at Pensole in Portland, Ore. Eighteen individuals will be selected and assigned to six teams of three students, representing three footwear professions — brand design, footwear design and material design. Students will take a product form concept to completion while developing skills in the areas of leadership and professionalism.

BMe Community will also work with a network of more than 12,00 community builders to spread the word about opportunities for African-Americans in shoe design.

Applicants must choose an area of interest and submit the following:

Footwear: One hand-sketched original footwear design.

CMF: One original material + color palette showing the use of materials and color arrangements.

Business by Design: Three examples of existing companies/brands that have a new approach to creating and selling product and/or services.

Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, through https://mesh01.com/pensole in order to be eligible to win a scholarship to attend the class.

Applicants who are accepted into the BMe Soleciety will be notified on Friday, July 3, 2015. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age.


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