Our Story

Our story began with a number 2 pencil!

PENSOLE’S founder, D’wayne Edwards, attributes the success of his career and the subsequent founding of the academy to a tool, the number 2 pencil, that created opportunities. Every sketch started with a pencil before it ever became a product. Check out the chronology of PENSOLE’s journey below.

2010

PENSOLE FOOTWEAR DESIGN ACADEMY FOUNDED, D’WAYNE EDWARDS

MLAB FOUNDED, SUZETTE HENRY

2010

LAUNCHED PENSOLE @ UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

PORTLAND, OREGON

2011

LAUNCHED PENSOLE @ARTCENTER IN PASADENA, CA

2011

LAUNCHED PENSOLE @PARSONS The New School for Design in New York, NY

2012

PENSOLE PARTNERS WITH THE TWO TEN FOUNDATION

2012
2013

LAUNCHED PENSOLE @ MIT in Cambridge, MA

Future of Footwear

2013
2014

WORLD SNEAKER CHAMPIONSHIP LAUNCHES ONLINE

2014
2015

PENSOLE @ Kolding Design School in Denmark

BME, MASTER CLASS

FUELING THE FUTURE OF FOOTWEAR W/ UNDER ARMOUR

2015
2016

FUELING THE FUTURE OF FOOTWEAR W/ASIC

NEW BALANCE, MASTER CLASS IN LAWRENCE, MASS

2016
2017

FAAS FOUNDER, ANGELA MEDLINE PENSOLE 

PARTNERS W/PORTLAND APPAREL LAB

2017

Partnered with Google/YouTube RED to create and 8-episode series called LACE UP

Launched PENSOLE @ Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2018

Partnered with Footlocker, Inc.

2018
2019

AFRICAN AMERICAN FOOTWEAR FORUM LAUNCHES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

2019