Sep. 6, 2018
UAL London College of Fashion student uses Ultrasuede® in graduation project

Toray contributed its product Ultrasuede® for the graduation project of Kitty Shukman, a Footwear Product Design and Innovation major at the London College of Fashion, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London (UAL). Her work won “Cordwainers’ Cup for Excellence in Footwear,” a prestigious annual award by the Worshipful Cordwainers Livery Company of London. Her work was also shown at the Golden Lane Open Studios, which is the annual college fashion show held in London on July 17, 2018. 1. London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London (1) Introduction London College of Fashion is one of the six colleges making up the University of the Arts London, a world leader in arts and design education. The college has nurtured creative talents who have important roles in the world of fashion. Among the many graduates are innovators such as Jimmy Choo and J.W. Anderson. (2) Website London College of Fashion 2. Design using Ultrasuede® (1) Designer Ms. Kitty Shukman (resides in London) (2) Press Release The concept for these unisex shoes is the idea of protection at a time of anxiety. The shoes are meant to give people who feel vulnerable a sense of strength, confidence and empowerment. They break new ground in the field of sustainability by being made entirely leather-free, using an innovative Japanese material called Ultrasuede®. My drive to use shoes as a form of protection stems from my long struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is one of the most debilitating mental conditions. In my own case I have frequently felt anxious and want to use footwear to help combat this. Ultrasuede® keeps evolving toward a future full of "Beautiful Possibilities."