5 Feb 2007
Footwear Design Competition Winners Announced
Hong Kong Designer Shoe Contest Attracts Record Entries
|Left to right: Li Ka Wai's Snow & Ice and Lui Shu Ying's Raindrop shared this year's Staccato Award for Grand Champion. Li and Lui also walked away with top honours in the Ladies' Boots and Ladies' Shoes categories respectively.|
|A dazzling variety of creative and stylish footwear highlighted this year's Footwear Design Competition.|
|Ng Kwok Lok's Puzzle Boots claimed top prize in the Children's category.|
|Tam Yin Lung's Angelical ran away with the Ladies' Sandals category, as well as the Classical Award for the Best Charismatic and the APLF Global Market Award.|
|Ma Yin Man's Watch won the Men's Shoes category, along with the Walker Shop Award for Best Style Presentation.|
|The Shoemaster Award for Best Corporate Design went to Belle's Wedding Day.|
February 5, 2007 - For the first time in its seven-year history, the Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong has awarded two grand prizes. Li Ka Wai and Lui Shui Ying share this year's Staccato Award for Grand Champion, winning over the panel of 18 industry professionals with their design themes of Snow & Ice and Raindrop respectively.
Results of the 7th Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong, announced today, reveal a dazzling variety of creative and stylish footwear. "This year's competition set a new contestant record, and the design quality of the entries is the highest I've ever seen," said Mr Tang Yiu. Mr Tang, who chaired the organising committee of this year's Footwear Design Competition, is chairman of the Hong Kong Leather Shoe and Shoe Material Merchants Associated Ltd.
The competition, organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), works to develop young design talent and to enhance creativity and quality in the Hong Kong footwear industry.
In 2006, Hong Kong footwear exports totalled HK$46.8 billion, with major markets being the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Chinese mainland and Canada. Exports to Spain, Denmark and the Chinese mainland last year grew substantially, up by 40 per cent, 35 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.
More than 900 entries were submitted this year, the judges focusing on creativity, fashion aesthetics and ease of production.
Individuals competed in six categories: Children; Sports; Men's Shoes; Ladies' Boots; Ladies' Sandals; and Ladies' Shoes. There were also three corporate categories, with Belle winning the Shoemaster Award for Best Corporate Design.
In addition, a number of special awards were presented: the Joy & Peace Award for Creativity; Fiorucci Award for Most Eye-catching Design; le saunda Award for Modern Chic; Millie's Award for Most Promising New Talent 2007; Walker Shop Award for Best Style Presentation; Y-NOT KiDS Award for the Most Smart Kid's Shoes; Classical Award for the Best Charismatic; APLF Global Market Award; and China Shoes for Best Fashion Sense Award.
The winning designs will be featured in Hong Kong Footwear, published by the TDC. They will also be displayed at several major fairs, including Style Hong Kong, Beijing, Style Hong Kong and the Fashion Access.
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