DSW Inc. Debuts Winner from FIT's Design Competition in New York City
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading
branded footwear and accessories retailer, is excited to announce the debut of
SunJeong Kang's shoe collection at DSW in New York City and online at dsw.com.
To celebrate, DSW will launch the collection at DSW's 34^th Street location,
between 7^th and 8^th Avenue in New York on February 5.
A native of South Korea and a 2012 graduate of the Accessories Design Program
at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Ms. Kang earned first prize in
"A Design Affair" - the first ever design competition sponsored by DSW Inc.
in conjunction with FIT. Forty-five students submitted two designs each to a
panel of judges from DSW Inc. Marc Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince
Camuto, and Highline United produced the final samples from five selected
finalists. The finalists received a ten day scholarship at the Ars Sutoria
School in Milan. As the grand prize winner, Ms. Kang also received a $1,500
Ms. Kang designed the Violet & Red Wallis Sandal (in black and neutral) and
the Violet & Red Sandy bootie (in black and brown), two styles that won the
judges over for their creative use of architectural elements and mixed
DSW Vice-Chairman and Chief Merchandising Officer Debbie Ferree stated, "We
love this partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology. This program
found a lot of new, exciting design talent and gave the students a rare
opportunity to work alongside established brands and learn from master
craftsmen at the Ars Sutoria School in Milan. We are committed to nurturing
emerging designers and are grateful to FIT, Marc Fisher, Nine West, Chinese
Laundry, Vince Camuto, Highline United, H.H. Brown and the Fashion Footwear
Association of New York (FFANY) for their generous support."
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About DSW Inc.
DSW is the destination for savvy Shoe Lovers everywhere. Customers experience
a breathtaking assortment of designer shoes and boots at everyday value prices
in a convenient assisted self-select shopping environment. Aisles are filled
with the latest trends in women's and men's dress, casual and athletic shoes.
For an even larger selection, dsw.com offers more styles, extended sizes and
DSW offers a free, award-winning loyalty program, DSW Rewards, where customers
earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive special member-only
offers. Customers can also participate in a lively Shoe Lover community on
Facebook to receive exclusive offers and giveaways, including chances to win
free shoes on Facebook each Tuesday, also known as "Free Shoesday."
As of Feb. 4, DSW operates 364 stores in 41 states, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico, an e-commerce site, http://www.dsw.com, and a mobile website,
http://m.dsw.com. DSW also supplies footwear to 345 leased locations in the
United States under the Affiliated Business Group. For store locations and
additional information about DSW, visit http://www.dswinc.com. Follow DSW on
Twitter at http://twitter.com/DSWShoeLovers and "like" DSW on Facebook at
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a leader in career education in
art, design, business, and technology, with a wide range of programs,
including Accessories Design, which educates students in the technical
construction of shoes, handbags, and other accessories, as well as the
business side of the industry. Part of the State University of New York, the
college offers more than 45 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and
MPS degrees. Visit http://www.fitnyc.edu.
SOURCE DSW Inc.
Contact: Christina Cheng, Director, Investor Relations, +1-855-893-5691
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