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Showcased during Lineapelle last month, Craft the Leather, the International Design Competition organised by Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium), has announced Maria Sole Ferragamo as the winner of its 4th edition.
Maria Sole Ferragamo, a graduate in architecture from Politecnico di Milano, was the winner of this 4th edition. Passionate of jewellery design, Ferragamo is about to conclude the second and last year of a Master degree in this discipline at Central Saint Martins University in London, where she is exploring the use of leather remnants from the fashion industry for the creation of jewellery for the luxury market.
Vegetable tanned leather comprises the foundation of the designer’s collection. "I love how vegetable tanned leather changes over time, it ages with you, carrying your story. In my opinion this creates a very intimate relationship between the wearer and a product”, said Ferragamo.
“Craft the Leather has been an enlightening experience. I have been fascinated by the passion and heart that all of the people that I’ve had the change to meet during the workshop”, she added.
The Special Prize of the Jury Panel has been attributed to Zhan Xuan Pan of the Bunka Fashion College Tokyo for her collection “In the Sea”.