Student Design Competition

THE UK

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.

Good luck – you could be the winner of the 2022 RLSD trophy, see your design professionally made and much more.

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The Brief

To create a single item in one of three categories of clothing, footwear or accessories.

Designs must be made up of at least 50% cowhide leather, make use of natural materials and minimise use of synthetics and plastic. We do not accept any use of fur or exotic skins.

Your creation should champion slow style, transcending fast fashion, and celebrate one or more of the facets of leather from its beauty and versatility to its strength and durability.

Please give consideration to ease of recycling, reuse and disposal at the end of the product’s life, and also think about the practicalities of commercial production, as we are looking for  designers who will start new brands, fashion movements or style trends.

Entry Criteria

1

Moodboards and inspiration

2

SHORT DESCRIPTION INTRODUCING YOUR DESIGN

3

SKETCHES, FLATS, TECHNICAL SPECS

4

ONE FINAL DESIGN DRAWING

5

OPTION TO INCLUDE A SHORT VIDEO INTRODUCING YOU AND YOUR DESIGN

Competition Timeline

April

Online portal open for entries.

June

Competition closes June 30th

July

Shortlist revealed. Category winners and overall winner announced.

September

Showcase event as part of international competition.

Prizes

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.

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

1

Apparel

2

Footwear

3

Accessories

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Educational Materials

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