Women’s Wear Daily
04.19.2014
business
business

FN Shoe Star: Meet the Final Six Contestants

Competition will soon kick off.

business/news
View Slideshow
Hyojin Choi

Hyojin Choi

Photo By Christian Grattan

Hyojin Choi
“I grew up in South Korea and started studying art in the eighth grade. I have a passion for thinking about new ideas and styles.”

Strength: “I am especially strong with sketches.”

Weakness: “My thinking process takes a while. And I’m up against a language barrier.”

 

--------------------------------------------------
Watch the webisodes here >>
--------------------------------------------------

 

Presentation strategy: “The only way to impress them is by coming up with great designs. As long as my presentation is good, [I think I will be OK].”

Biggest competition: “Rachel. Her shoe for the audition was really good. And she grew up with a mother who’s a designer.”

 

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Keena Fleming

Photo By Christian Grattan


Keena Fleming
“There is something so intriguing about wearable art, and I feel I have something creative to offer the design world.”

Becoming a designer: “Growing up in [St. Crois], away from the mainstream, I was never really aware of the shoe industry until much later in my life. But still, I always wanted to design shoes.”

Strength: “I’ve always been interested in fine arts. I try to incorporate my artistic abilities into my design technique.”

Weakness: “I’m bad at thinking of [pieces] as one. It’s hard to narrow things down.”

Presentation strategy: “To present [my work] with a story behind it. Designers are so much more interesting when they have something to say that will capture someone’s attention.”

Biggest competition:
“Hyojin. She’s very crafty and detailed.”

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Rachel Fishbein

Photo By Christian Grattan


Rachel Fishbein
“My mother is a designer and ever since I was a little girl, I would go into her studio to draw, paint and design clothes and accessories.”

Strength: “I know a lot about the design industry. I grew up knowing how everything works.”
Weakness: “I’m a perfectionist.”

Play it safe or take a risk? “Definitely take a risk. The judges don’t want to see something they see every day; they want something unusual.”

Presentation strategy: “Do lots of research and give it everything I’ve got.”

Biggest competition: “Everybody brings something different, so it depends on the judge and designer, but Hyojin is a really good artist.”

 

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Matthew Ciszek

Photo By Christian Grattan

Matthew Ciszek
“When I was about 10 years old, I cut up one of my father’s polo shirts and hand-stitched it together into a little [makeup] pouch for my mother. I didn’t realize one day I would be a designer.”

Strength: “I come from a menswear background and bring a different perspective.”

Weakness: “Designing women’s shoes. I’ll have to change the way I think.”

Play it safe or take a risk? “I think some risks are necessary, but you shouldn’t go too crazy.”
Presentation strategy: “I am just going to be myself.”

Biggest competition: “Obviously, Maggie and Rachel, but there is pretty good competition all around.”

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Shannon Ramiza

Photo By Courtesy Photo


Shannon Ramiza
“I have a high-heeled shoe [tattoo] on my wrist to tell the world I’m meant to be a shoe designer. I live and breathe shoes.”

Strength: “My hand-sewing skills. I can do all kinds of tiny details.”

Weakness: “Time management. I’m a procrastinator.”

Play it safe or take a risk? “Take a risk. Sometimes you might fall harder, but this is the time in my life to really go for it.”

Presentation strategy: “Stay positive and just be myself.”

Biggest competition: “Rachel. She’s one of my close friends, and she comes from an artistic family.”

View Slideshow
View Slideshow

Maggie Kervick

Photo By Courtesy Photo


Maggie Kervick
“I discovered my love for accessories by accident when I was 14. I made a bag out of an ‘I Love NY’ T-shirt, and everyone at my high school wanted one.”

Strength: “Putting together ideas and presenting them. I’ m also very aggressive and won’t allow anything or anyone to stand in the way of my goals and dreams.”

Greatest challenge: “Competing against my peers in the sense of their design vs. mine.”

Presentation strategy: “It will always be nerve-wracking, but what will keep me calm is that I’ll know what I’m presenting.”

Biggest competition: “Probably Matthew. We’ve competed before, and he’s incredibly strong. He knows what it takes to bring something new to the table, just as I do.”

 

View Slideshow
See paginated
load comments

ADD A COMMENT

Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.

Ads by Google

Newsletters
Newsletters

Sign upSign up for WWD and FN newsletters to receive daily headlines, breaking news alerts and weekly industry wrap-ups.

Publications

ArticleFinder

Footwear News


Choose By

Clear

How it works

Close

Lorem Ipsum
Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus ac nibh et risus lobortis scelerisque tempor nec enim. Etiam facilisis sapien sit amet.

Lorem Ipsum
Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus ac nibh et risus lobortis scelerisque tempor nec enim. Etiam facilisis sapien sit amet.

Lorem Ipsum
Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus ac nibh et risus lobortis scelerisque tempor nec enim. Etiam facilisis sapien sit amet.

Lorem Ipsum
Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus ac nibh et risus lobortis scelerisque tempor nec enim. Etiam facilisis sapien sit amet.

Lorem Ipsum
Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus ac nibh et risus lobortis scelerisque tempor nec enim. Etiam facilisis sapien sit amet.


Or