Pensole is an innovative Footwear Design Academy that teaches students the footwear design process: inspiration, concept development, design process, problem-solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding.
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Portland, Oregon 97209
News About Pensole
Pensole and Allbirds Launch Master Class Focused on Sustainable Design
Pensole has partnered with Allbirds to launch a new design master class on product creation informed by utilizing existing resources. This hands-on master class, which will take place from March 23 to April 10 in Portland, will comprise design programs in footwear, color and materials, and apparel and…
PENSOLE Academy Launches L.E.A.D. by Design
PENSOLE Academy has today launched L.E.A.D. (Leaders Emerge After Direction) by Design, a new program partnering with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to introduce students of color to footwear and functional apparel product-creation careers and provide the industry with a more diverse…
Submissions Open for 2019 World Sneaker Championship
Submissions are now open for the 2019 World Sneaker Championship (WSC), which challenges aspiring designers to compete for the opportunity to have their work produced and sold globally, in addition to $10,000 in cash and other prizes.
Second African American Footwear Forum to Be Held on August in Portland
Pensole and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) have announced the second African American Footwear Forum (AAFF), a global forum for discussing issues and opportunities and providing a venue to make connections in the footwear industry for people of color. The event will be held…
D'Wayne Edwards Receives Honorary Degree from ArtCenter College of Design
D'Wayne Edwards will receive an honorary degree from ArtCenter College of Design and deliver a keynote address at the spring graduation ceremony Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10 a.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
New Balance Kicks off Expanded Program with Pensole
PENSOLE Design Academy has announced PENSOLE Co-Op, a three-week master class, to be held January 28 - February 15, 2019 at New Balance's Design and Development Facility in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Fueling the Future of Footwear Design Competition
Pensole, in collaboration with Foot Locker, has launched the 2018 edition of 'Fueling the Future of Footwear,' a hands-on, intensive design competition created to discover and develop the future of the footwear industry.
2018 World Sneaker Championship
Pensole, in partnership with Foot Locker, has launched the 2018 World Sneaker Championship (WSC). The global competition, now in its fourth year, is an online, single-elimination, all-or-nothing tournament, with a grand prize comprising $20,000 in cash, scholarships to Pensole, and products from Wacom…
PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), in partnership with Pensole, has launched PNCA/PENSOLE Design Intensive - a new 15-credit, one semester program designed to ready students for careers in the footwear industry.
Pensole Announces Footwear Design Summer Camps in China, Portugal, Canada and Portland￼
Pensole will hold four separate one-week footwear-design immersion classes, called Kicks Kamp, in Shanghai, China; Guimaraes, Portugal; Toronto, Canada; and at PENSOLE in Portland this summer.
Pensole Launches Master Class with Focus Primarily on Material Design Principles
Pensole has launched a hands-on, four-week, intensive design immersion program focused on material design principles.
Pensole World Sneaker Championship: Call for Applications
The Pensole World Sneaker Championship is a hands-on, four-week-intensive master class created to identify and introduce aspiring designers to the art of footwear design, CMF and 3D modeling-and to find the world's best sneaker designers.
LEAD: Footwear Design Master Class for Black and Brown Boston Youth
Pensole, in partnership with Mass Housing and Mass Impact, has launched LEAD - Leaders Emerge After Direction.