Student Design Competition

Nordic Region

The Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition celebrates the beauty, sustainability and versatility of leather, while recognizing the innovation and craftsmanship that the new generation has to offer.

Here you will find all you need to know about how to enter, the brief, updates on the competition and articles to educate and inspire you.

This competition is open to all students in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Good luck – you could be the winner of the 2022 RLSD Nordic trophy, feature in the annual coffee table book and much more.

The Brief

You are asked to use leather as the inspiration for a single item, either clothing, shoes or accessories,  using leather for at least 50% of the item and where possible other natural materials. Furs and exotic skins are not permitted. We would like your piece to capture one or more of the facets of leather, from beauty and versatility to strength and durability.


             Entries should include all these elements –

            1 – Storyboards & Inspiration

            2 – Sketches, Flats, Technical Specs, and Final Design (the item does not need to be physically                             made- the winner’s design will be professionally made).

            3 – Make a video! It’s optional, but we’d love to see one. A short two-minute video to introduce you                       and your design.


Please also think about the practicalities of commercial production, we are looking for  designers who will start new brands, fashion movements or style trends.

The competition closes on June 30 2022.



Designs that celebrate the beauty, versatility & sustainability of leather and champion slow style.

Designs must be made of at least 50% leather from cow hide.

Any other materials used must be natural or organic materials, for example wood or any natural fibres.

No fur or exotic skins. Our mission is to cut waste and utilise materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available.

Enter in any of three categories








We will shortlist finalists in each category before the judges choose category winners and an overall winner who will see their design professionally made and promoted in a capsule collection, as well as taking home the trophy and featuring in the RLSD 2022 coffee table book.

Educational Materials

Want to learn more about how using leather cuts waste, landfill and carbon? Or about its durability, versatility and timeless style?