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Winners of 16th Footwear Design Competition Announced

Fine Craftsmanship, Creativity and Trendy 3D Printing Featured

2 September 2016 – The awards presentation ceremony for the 16th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong was held today, honouring footwear designers who display abundant creativity. The competition was organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd. and co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Guests at the ceremony included Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Frank Leung, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd.; William Tang, Non-executive Director, Belle Int’l Holdings Ltd.; Selina Chow, Permanent Honourary Advisor of the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition; Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC; and renowned local fashion designers Dorian Ho and Johanna Ho.

An annual signature event for the industry, the Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong is recognised as the cradle for nurturing footwear design talent, uncovering new driving forces for the sustained development of footwear design and products. More than 800 inspiring entries were received this year. Winners were selected based on creativity, fashion aesthetic and producibility. The judging panel comprised professionals from related fields, including fashion designers, business chambers and retailers. Together they identified footwear design talents for the industry to promote its steady, healthy development.

The competition featured six categories: Ladies' Shoes, Ladies’ Boots, Handbag, Children’s Shoes, Men's Shoes and Design & Make Collection – a special category where contestants not only designed but also hand-made the product to demonstrate their exceptional craftsmanship. Each category yielded a champion, first runner-up and second runner-up. In addition, there was the Belle Overall Winner award, and the Best Design award voted by the public via the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear’s Facebook and at the awards presentation ceremony.

The entry “Life Chain” was named both Belle Overall Award winner and champion in the Ladies’ Shoes category. The work was designed by Au Chi-yip and inspired by sea waves and complex DNA structures, symbolising life’s many struggles. Made from hollow and twisted enamelled leather, the uppers feature a wavy look while nubuck heal counters add to the stability and aesthetics of the product.

Helping to promote the application of the latest technology in footwear manufacturing, some entries were designed and printed with 3D techniques. These include “Antelope”, the second runner-up in the “Design & Make Collection” category. The item uses wool in the uppers and 3D printing on the counters to create the horns, which appear to have grown out of the shoes.

Designer Kai Tin-lok bagged four of the awards; he was the champion in the Men's Shoes category and first runner-up in the Ladies' Shoes, Ladies’ Boots and Handbag categories.

All the winning works will be displayed at the apm shopping arcade from 4 to 11 September to share the extraordinary footwear designs with the public. The exhibition will also feature the history and development of Hong Kong’s footwear industry, complete with photos. The winning creations will also be on display at CENTRESTAGE, a brand new HKTDC international fashion event, from 7 to 10 September.

The 16th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong
High-resolution photos of the winning works: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0jhs1awdfbpfm1z/AADvgE2_BJcBpa0XxDuUwXJ4a?dl=0

The 16th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong Product Parade

apm:
Date:4-11 September 2016 (Sunday to Sunday)
Venue: apm concourse, apm, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon

CENTRESTAGE:
Date: 7-10 September 2016 (Wednesday-Saturday)
Venue: Hall 3B-C & Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

Date   Opening Hours of Centrestage
7September(Wednesday) 10am-6pm Free admission for trade visitors aged 18 or over
8September(Thursday) 9:30am-6pm Free admission for trade visitors aged 18 or over
9September(Friday) 9:30am-6pm Free admission for trade visitors aged 18 or over
10September(Saturday) 9:30am-5pm Free admission for public visitors aged 12 or over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photo Download: http://bit.ly/2bOUTNC

The awards presentation ceremony for the 16th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong. Guests at the ceremony included Frank Leung, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd. (second row centre); Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC (second row, fifth from right); William Tang, Non-executive Director, Belle Int’l Holdings Ltd. (second row, fourth from right) 
The entry “Life Chain” is named both Belle Overall Award winner and champion in the Ladies’ Shoes category. The work was designed by Au Chi-yip and inspired by sea waves and complex DNA structures, symbolising life’s many struggles. Made from hollow and twisted enamelled leather, the uppers feature a wavy look while nubuck heal counters add to the stability and aesthetics of the product
Designer Kai Tin-lok bags four of the awards: champion in the Men's Shoes category and first runner-up in the Ladies' Shoes, Ladies’ Boots and Handbag categories

Websites
The 16th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong: http://www.footwear.org.hk/en/16thdesign/index.asp
CENTRESTAGE:http://centrestage.com.hk

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communication and Public Affairs Department:
Joe Kainz Tel: (852) 2584 4216 Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The HKTDC is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and services providers. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+ Twitter @hktdc LinkedIn