Today’s News about First Black-Owned Footwear Brand DWS Shoes.
DSW-based Designer Brands Inc has announced an investment of $2 million from the company’s revenue and will extend its partnership with Pensole by three years.
Edwards, President of Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design in Detroit, opens a campus.
Pensole and Lewis College will launch a successful footwear line together, as Pensole co-founder Jan Ernst Matzeliger has decided to invest in JEMS.
He believes Lewis College graduates will feature prominently in the first black-owned footwear company in the United States since their brand aligns with the values of innovation and creativity.
Designer Brands is investing $2 million in Black-owned businesses to fix the lack of diversity in their industry,
And CEO Roger Rawlins provides a little more detail about what that looks like.
Black professionals in the field of design have been heavily underrepresented for a very long time.
DSW was inspired to lower this barrier by developing the factory together with Pensole.
The company ensures that its employees are able to access opportunities for employment and better their situation within the industry.
DSW is selling a JEMS shoebox to commemorate the life of visionary Black inventor Matzeliger. On September 15th, the company will record this special day.
D.S.W ‘s Vice President, Edwards, discusses the company’s new partnership with a non-profit organization that does programming for diverse footwear underrepresented consumers in their blog post.
Designer Brands and DSW have partnered up with us to create a new business model.
This innovative model will empower the consumer to design their desired product as well as influence industry giants in the field of fashion.”
Designer Brands, DSW shoes, and Pensole have announced a partnership to share new products in the industry.
They will not only create the jobs they need but also invest in talented designers and give them creative opportunities beyond their current industry.
Designer Brands has a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 700 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.
Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories under the Shoe Warehouse banner.
With 5,400 stores worldwide, Designer Brands is one of the leading companies in the market for shoes.
The Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design will be the country’s first HBCU to reopen in May.
They’ll work with the College for Creative Studies and will provide space, services, and educational opportunities.
Black creatives will be offered programming at the conference for all creative fields, covering design, sustainability, STEM.
This can hopefully foster young Black thinkers who may benefit from these opportunities.
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