Fashion Students: Fancy £300,000 from Kurt Geiger?
Kurt Geiger, the well-established footwear brand that brings you the latest styles first, is offering £300,000 as a gift to the London College of Fashion.
The brand is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and what better to way to celebrate then to give back? Kurt Geiger want to help out upcoming British footwear designers and the £300,000 will be put towards scholarships, funding and mentoring programmes to Cordwainers, a specialist footwear school at LCF.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Kurt Geiger,” said Professor Frances Corner, head of the college. “We continually strive to provide a supportive, enabling and experimental environment for our students. The funding and support that Kurt Geiger will bring to Cordwainers will be invaluable.”
LCF is also celebrating an anniversary- their 125th year running. What an achievement! I think the money is a great way for emerging, talented designers to receive an extra push to get their names out there and develop their skills even further. I’m sure this donation will help even more talent come out the doors of Cordwainers. Let’s not forget that some very famous names started out there including Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson and Sophia Webster.
“Over the course of the next three years, we will commit not only funding but time and mentoring programmes at the Kurt Geiger design studio, where we can support students firsthand and see contributions through education for Britain’s future footwear and accessory designers,” explained Neil Clifford, Kurt Geiger CEO.
The Beauty of LCF
London College of Fashion is a great institute because of the huge variety of courses they offer with specialist training from talented professionals. Having done a short course there before, the skills you learn are definitely invaluable and I’m glad that LCF are receiving such good funding.
LCF team up with a lot of high-profile brands to provide internships with the likes of Chanel and have many projects that involve the students in order to gain some first-hand experience. Recently, LCF collaborated with Nike to launch a project where students in various subjects would follow a brief to use the Nike Materials Sustainability Index as reference to create some beautifully-crafted products that take environmental factors into account. Students had the opportunity to travel with Nike to the LAUNCH forum in Portland afterwards. What a great chance to put learning into practice!