The Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition, organised by LHCA in partnership with Taiwan International Leather Association (TILA), attracted more than 540 entries from students at 34 participating universities.
The awards ceremony took place at Red House, Taipei. Representatives from the tanning and leather and fashion industries, local brands and retailers, media, and government representatives, as well as students and educators from participating schools attended the ceremony.
VIP guests included Richard Pai, TILA Honorary Chairman, Erich Kuss, Chief of Agricultural Section, American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), and Emily Scott, Director of the Agricultural Trade Office (AIT). The awards ceremony featured a fashion show organized by participating students, featuring the products they had made from leather.
“Real Leather. Stay Different.” is a campaign launched by the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) that celebrates all that is great about leather – sustainability, versatility, durability and beauty.
Twenty-four student designs were selected for gold, silver and bronze places in each of the four categories: Garments, Footwear, Accessories and Design. Gold winners for each category are listed below in the order of category, name, university and name of the product.
Garment: LAI, TSUI-YU, Shih Chien Fashion Department, Riot Grrrl’s new era
Accessories: LIN, TING YU, Department of Industrial Design Shin Chien University, Fruibag
Design: HSIAO,YI-TZU, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Institute of Applied Arts, My Anonymity
Richard Pai, Honorary Chairman of TILA said at the award ceremony: “Real Leather. Stay Different” Student Design Competition is a platform for creators and a key initiative to promote sustainability and leather design. It is our hope to welcome more people into the field”.
Stephen Sothmann, President of Leather and Hide Council of America said: “It was unfortunate that I was not able to attend the awards ceremony in person due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. However, I am strongly encouraged by the creativity and passion for leather the Taiwanese students demonstrated in our “Real Leather. Stay Different.” student design competition. We hope more students and young designers continue to use leather to promote its beauty, versatility and sustainability”.
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