I'm so happy to see my friend and fellow FIDM-LA Alumni making her dreams reality. Leila was passionate about vegan footwear while we were in school and it's wonderful to see the types of experiences she has been able to partake in over the past few years. Most notably, living in Italy and Spain for 2 years to get more acquainted with the shoe industry. What a dream!
Her company, Kerze Stuio, is currently partnering with Manuela Mari to host a shoe design competition for the social experiment "Wish You Were Vegan". WYWV was started by Leila to foster community around the subject of vegan fashion. If you are interested in designing a pair of shoes go to the web site and submit your ideas. The winning pair will be auctioned off and proceeds will go to the Love Infinitely Project Animal Fund. Here's how the process works:
STEP 1: Go to the inspiration board on the Wish You Were Vegan FB and Instagram feeds and post or find what you wish was vegan. Here is what inspired me.
STEP 2: Sketch out your ideas and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org ! Here is my dream pair.
Deadline for submission is 05 September 2014 and voting will begin on 08 September 2014 via the WYWV FaceBook page. Good Luck!