Depaul UK and DISPAIR London unite to create a limited edition must-have shoe!
Depaul UK has embarked on an exciting collaboration with innovative men’s footwear brand DISPAIR London which has offered the opportunity for one young person to be a guest designer of a limited edition DISPAIR London shoe.
A competition to submit design ideas was opened to the young people helped by Depaul UK with 100% of profits from the winning design going directly to Depaul UK.
The competition proved hugely popular with well over the number of expected entrants. The winner, a former resident of Depaul UK’s Simonside supported Newcastle accommodation, impressed DISPAIR London with their design which is being put onto DISPAIR London’s most popular style, the Winston, a loafer shoe with monk strap detailing.
DISPAIR London has since worked closely with Depaul UK and the competition winner on every step of the process, offering the young person work experience in the fashion footwear industry and being fully involved in the design process along the way.
The shoe will be part of DISPAIR London’s AW12 collection, available in navy, grey, off-white and
black, will cost £50 and will be hitting Topman stores in time for Christmas.
More details to follow. Watch this space!
Paul Marriott, Chief Executive of Depaul UK said, "I never fail to be impressed by the creativity and vision of the young people we support and we are delighted that DISPAIR London has reached out to us in this way, offering a young person such a wonderful, potentially life-changing, opportunity. We thank DISPAIR London for the support they have given the winner and for this partnership which will also help us to raise vital funds for our work. The shoes look great, they are the perfect gift for Christmas and people who buy them do so in the knowledge that they are helping to make a difference to the lives of young homeless people."
With inspiration originating from the laid back streets of Spitalfields, DISPAIR London fully endorses
individualism, and is ideal for those who don’t feel the desire to conform, who are comfortable to lead
their own way in fashion.