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DOTS DASH - PERFECT SHOE
We, Dots Dash, bring you 10 unique designs from members of our Talent Push Me programme. Designers from all over the world have responded to our question: what’s your idea of the perfect shoe, for her?
Here’s what they came back to us with.
DOTS DASH CONCEPT
The Dots Dash Talent Push Me programme was set up to promote emerging shoe designers, with only the most promising Talents chosen from a huge number of applicants.
By collaborating with top ranking fashion schools such as London School of Fashion, Polimoda, Istituto Europeo di Design and more, Dots Dash has assembled an impressive team. It includes women who have worked at Hugo Boss, DKNY and Tory Burch, and designers who have made shoes for some of the most famous faces on the planet, including Taylor Swift.
Each designer was given a simple brief: Find the perfect shoe for her, the woman on the go, rushing through the streets of Paris, Madrid, or London. She may be a designer or student, someone running a business or a company rep. She knows what she wants: a flat, comfortable, modern and sophisticated shoe to match her fast-paced lifestyle.
Each designer interpreted the brief in their own way. For some, it was bold accents, others subtle embellishments. Some thought the perfect shoe was embodied in a person who’d inspired them, others a place where they had lived and worked; but all our designers shared a love of craft and a passion for footwear design, as shown in this eclectic range.
UNIQUE DESIGNS ..- REWARDS
Learn more about Dots Dash Talents, their designs and rewards:
About Dots Dash ..- Ensler
Though born in Poland, Avalen is a London woman through and through, having studied at London College of Fashion and worked with the world’s leading trend authority, WGSN. She continues to live and work in the Big Smoke, inspired by the freshness and variety on every street corner. With Ensler, she has produced a shoe designed to give its wearer confidence in themselves and how they live their life. Though sleek, it’s spiked adornments hint at an independent-thinking woman unafraid to be bold.
About Dots Dash ..- Carapace
Laura, a widely travelled Hungarian designer, has given us a shoe which is comfortable to wear but made with a sturdy outer material which makes it ideal for all weather conditions. Her travels have taken her across the globe, from Berlin to Bangkok and with Carapace we have a shoe that reflects the bold, outward-looking designer behind it.
About Dots Dash ..- Drew
5yMedio, the mind behind Drew, has produced a shoe which reflects the road she’s taken towards becoming a designer, which includes stints in fields as diverse as HR, clinical psychology and even engineering. Drew is the embodiment of a life’s hard work, powered by support with and for family and friends, a dogged determination to overcome the various obstacles which have come her way. From a factory in Italy to designing her own shoes, 5yMedio’s story is an inspirational example to any young designer looking to break into the world of fashion.
About Dots Dash ..- Serendipity
With U, Dots Dash played the role of Talent. It was a unique collaboration of experts in the field, including award-winning footwear, accessories and graphics designer Eleanor, craft expert Señor Manuel and all the creative team at Dots Dash. U is a statement of intent, encouraging its wearer to listen to the music of the pavement, to walk with confident strides through everyday life. It has been made using goodyear welting, the most labour intensive and durable method of sole construction.
About Dots Dash ..- Roxy Star
Growing up in Minsk and educated in Barcelona at the Instituto Europeo di Design, Nina Sibiratkina’s shoes encourage self-belief with their bold, atypical style. The widely travelled young woman has turned down offers to work with acclaimed designer Sanchita Ajjampur in Indian, in order to continue her fashion education in her adopted home in Spain, a city which has already propelled her to great success.
About Dots Dash ..- Courbé
Courbe is testament not only to MMartha’s education at top-ranking schools such as Polimoda, but also a childhood spent watching her father work with leather accessories as a hobby in his spare time. It’s opaque colouring lends it a seamless feel and timeless quality. A young, award-winning designer from Polimoda, she prides herself on seeking fresh sources of inspiration at every turn.
About Dots Dash ..- Alter
The young designer Silvia Fado has an MA from London College of Fashion, has worked with esteemed shoemaker Paul Thomas and is heavily influenced by her early background in architecture, something reflected in her carefully constructed and aesthetically arresting designs. With Alter, she has produced a shoe perfect for the day ahead; strong and flexible, sparing in material yet still eye-catching.
About Dots Dash ..- Metanoia
AAA is the working name of Amber Ambrose Aurelé, an avant-garde Dutch designer who has already made a stamp in the fashion world by designing a pair of shoes worn by Taylor Swift in her video Bad Blood, whilst working for United Nude. Though her credentials were cemented with an MA in Shoe Design at ArtEz, with Metanoia she asks her wearer to be open-minded to change, transformation and new ideas.
About Dots Dash ..- Nubium
Arianna’s love of nature is embodied in designs which celebrate the sometimes complementary manner of opposites. Hard and soft materials and subtle and bold embellishments work in twain to produce a natural, classic feel, typical for an Italian designer who has worked with the likes of Bally and Hugo Boss.
About Dots Dash ..- Wander
Singapore-born designer Wen worked in New York for DKNY and Tory Burch, and later studied at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins. These experiences have left her well-prepared for the competitive world of footwear fashion. With Wander, she has produced a daring, two-tone shoe heavy on both comfort and character.
While our designers were pushing the boundaries of their talent, Dots Dash team went on the road, travelling to Milan and Paris, and throughout Spain in search of high quality materials and leathers for our customers’ shoes.
Our products are made in Spain. Each went through many stages of prototyping (some of our models underwent even up to six) in order to meet our production standards. While showcasing our designers’ talents was our goal, the top priority was always quality and comfort, which has been ensured through rigorous prototyping.
Each design is crafted with love and care from the finest Spanish and Italian materials. We visited each supplier personally and went to great lengths to produce custom made soles or embossed materials which matched the vision and needs of our customers.
DOTS DASH TIMELINE
- Once the campaign is funded, we have production lined up and ready to go;
- We take into account that it will take ±2 weeks to receive information regarding our backers sizes;
- Estimated time of production is 10-12 weeks (depending on design as we receive our leathers from Spain and Italy);
- To prepare and ship takes approximately 3 weeks;
- We have been thoroughly preparing to have everything in places;
- Now we are looking forward to seeing you to enjoy your new designs;
Risks and challenges
Why are we here?
Dots Dash is a fashion brand born to give our Talents and customers the chance to express themselves. During the past year we’ve grown and accomplished a great deal, but in order to see our gorgeous designs enjoyed by many, we need to meet order minimums.
We therefore hope this campaign will provide the capital for an initial production run. The Dots Dash concept is to give equality to our Talents, as each designer has worked extremely hard to get where they are, whether it be through studying at a top design school or interning with a famous brand.
We have presented their work here and hope you will support our project, allowing us to expand the programme and enable more Talents to show what they can do.
Risks and Challenges:
Dots Dash selected an impressive team including award-winners and designers with experience working for brand-houses such as DKNY, Tory Burch and etc.
This gives us confidence in our ability to deliver an outstanding product, as each Talent and Dots Dash member is an expert in their field.
At Dots Dash, we work with manufacturing partners in Spain, who have been in business for generations. They are inspirational when it comes to the craft of shoemaking and to bringing great ideas to life. We went through multiple prototypes and fittings to meet quality and comfort standards before we had production locked in and felt confident enough to offer you products of the highest standard.
We want nothing more than to see you wearing these gorgeous designs, but it’s important to us that our customers have a shoe which fits as well as it suits. Depending on the shape and model, fitting may vary. We provide additional size guides per model so you may select the best fit.
Of course, if the shoe still doesn’t fit, we will be more than happy to exchange it for a different size. Please contact us, indicating your model and your preferred size (shipping charges apply).
At the current time we don’t offer half sizes. If you are between sizes, we recommend you size up – European models are slightly more narrow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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