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Kat Maconie and Leslie Gallin

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Friends Forever

Faces from the British Footwear industry were out in full force last week at London’s Canal Museum to honor the winners of the Footwear Friends Designer Awards. Shoe designer Olivia Morris served as a judge, while industry stalwarts including Lance Clark of Clarks and Stephen Etheridge of Church & Co. mingled, and designer Lynsey Hand spoke about the challenges and successes of her Chinese-made Miss L Fire and Shellys collections. But it was Leslie Gallin, VP of footwear for FN Platform, who really got everyone’s attention when she named the winners of the BFA Magic awards: Beyond Skin, Apsiga and Kat Maconie, which will all receive free exhibition space at the Las Vegas trade show in February. However, it was Maconie (above, with Gallin) who walked away as the night’s big winner, receiving the Footwear Friends award of £5,000 (about $8,000) and a full year’s mentoring. “I am over the moon,” Maconie said. “I am going to use the money to trademark my label in Japan and [the] U.S.”

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