The award ceremony of the 1º edition of Vapesol’s Academy took place at Casa das Artes in Felgueiras. This initiative, which is within the social responsibility matter, was created “with the goal of stimulate and award everyone who dedicates itself every day to the footwear industry”.
In this first edition, the candidates had to present a footwear design project, male or female, for the 2020/2021 Autumn/Fall season and the respective prototype. All proposals integrated soles from Vapesol’s collection. This initiative has included students from the Professional School in Felgueiras, Design and Footwear Academy, from centers in São João da Madeira and Felgueiras and from the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave.
54 proposals were presented. For the company based in Felgueiras, “every proposal had a great quality, which was challenge for the jury’s selection, which was composed by an element of APICCAPS and by the fashion designer Diogo Miranda”.
The first place went to Pedro Rocha, from the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, and the second place was for José Pedro Teixeira, from the Professional School of Felgueiras. Besides the monetary prize, the two finalists will go to Lineapelle, a fair dedicated to leather, which will take place from October 2-4, in Milan, and will have their works exhibited at Vapesol’s stand.
To the President of Felgueiras, “this is an exemplary initiative”. Nuno Fonseca recognized Vapesol’s work in supporting the youngsters, “who will soon be the new faces of the footwear industry”.