On September 10, as part of Fashion's Night Out , Cesare Paciotti, the legendary shoe and accessory designer, will debut its first collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, a shoe designed by recent graduate Kwame Brako through a competition held this past spring.
The competition was developed to teach students about the inner workings of shoe design from a master craftsman. The School of Fashion at Parsons is currently developing a special track in accessories design, which will be offered alongside current tracks in women's wear, menswear, and children's wear. Last spring, 18 fashion design students submitted shoe design concepts, and from that 18, five finalists were chosen to create a capsule collection. Of the five finalists, Brako's shoe was selected to be manufactured and will debut at the Cesare Paciotti boutique on Madison Avenue in conjunction with Fashion’s Night Out. In addition, the shoe will be featured in Cesare Paciotti’s boutiques in Beverly Hills and Bal Harbour.
“Our relationship with Parsons is a partnership that I hold very dearly,” said Paciotti. “Parsons is an exceptional educational resource that is able to produce so many industry assets. It is my personal honor to help hone the creative talents of our finalists with this international platform, designed to empower the students—and serve as a first step in realizing their design dreams.”