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PENSOLE, VIBRAM AND COTE & CIEL PARTNER ON SNEAKER+BACKPACK COLLABORATION

The ENVSN Sneaker and GANILE Pack Capitalize on the Best of All Three Brands and Will be Launched Through Foot Locker’s Greenhouse Incubator

Portland, Ore. – Jan. 27, 2021 – PENSOLE Academy today announced a joint product collaboration with Italian outsole maker Vibram and French accessories maker Cote & Ciel, according to PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards.

The product launch, which debuts January 29 online at projectgreenhouse.com and February 4 on  footlocker.com, comprises the ENVSN sneaker with Vibram outsole and GANILE pack and takes cues from each brand’s iconic design language, balancing purpose with passion. The ENVSN sneaker mirrors the sleek, contemporary, and bold identity of the French-designed multifunctional backpack.

“Mentorship is at the core of what PENSOLE is all about,” Edwards said. “And this program is the first of its kind in that we’re partnering with an innovative accessories brand to expand our reach.”

In partnership with Greenhouse, Foot Locker’s multi-faceted incubator arm will distribute the EVNSN + GANILE carefully curated collaboration to the world’s leading youth culture tastemakers.

ENVSN is not just a product launch; it is a mentorship initiative that connects industry legends to the future game changers. The engagement strategy will include a mentorship post on LinkedIn, for a chance to win a conversation with an industry vet, and exclusive product.

  • Phase 1: Post the Envision Mentorship on LinkedIn
  • Phase 2: Evaluate candidates based on qualifications
  • Phase 3: Industry vets select winners
  • Phase 4: Announce winners and schedule mentorship conversation
  • Phase 5: Ship winner prizes (shoe/bag/tools)

Qualified candidates for the Envision Mentorship program will receive career guidance and exclusive products to prepare them to pursue their passion. This opportunity is geared to provide direction to talented individuals who have a clear vision in establishing a more diverse industry and seek to make a difference with their gift. The mission of the Envision project is to reward those who think and look different from the status quo by revealing unconventional pathways to success through mentorship.

About Cote & Ciel

Founded in Paris in 2008, Cote & Ciel embodies the spirit of the rebel and the essence of the romantic. Just as the horizon is infinite, so is the Cote & Ciel designs: no drawing—because we do not believe in freezing an idea on paper. No cutting—because we do not believe in introducing limits. Guided by craft and intuition, we follow our own vision, allowing the unexpected to emerge. Creativity is the beating heart of everything we do.

In French, our name means coast and sky. Two worlds stretching toward each other. Your eye pulls them together, and you create the horizon. A limitless line, an endless experiment.

About Vibram

Vibram is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance rubber soles for outdoor and leisure activities, workwear, fashion, orthopaedics and correction. For more than 80 years the yellow octagon that symbolises Vibram has been synonymous worldwide with quality, performance, safety and innovation in the footwear industry. With its international headquarters in Albizzate (Varese) Italy, Vibram produces over 40 million soles every year, dedicates over one million kilometres to testing, is present in 120 countries and has manufacturing, research and representation bases in the USA, China, Japan, Brazil and Italy. Follow us and our innovative products and services on Vibram.com and www.instagram.com/vibramfivefingers

About PENSOLE Academy

PENSOLE was founded in 2010 to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.

PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” curriculum teaches students the entire footwear/materials/functional apparel design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding. PENSOLE features the most sought-after faculty in footwear, comprising both young professional designers and established footwear design leaders from the top brands, with more than 100 years combined experience to help its students with professional development. Since the first PENSOLE class in 2010, nearly 500 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for companies worldwide, including Anta, Columbia Sportswear, The North Face, Timberland, Converse, New Balance, Brooks, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, ECCO, Mizuno, Reebok, and Nike.

 

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