Lineapelle’s Korean professional training: REthink along with Hongik University

On May 14, four students won the second edition of a project which combines Lineapelle’s excellence with Hongik University of Seoul and its top-notch quality teaching approach. Focus on the ability to rethink fashion creativity and materials, which are its expressive tool

The name given to the project is K Leather Creativity. It has actively engaged 40 students attending the Fashion Design, Ceramic, and Industrial Design course at Hongik University of Seoul. Such was the aim of the contest: to employ young people’s creativity, pointed out the organizers, and apply it to cutting-edge leather-centred projects with a focus on the RE suffix challenge. In other words: “REcycle”, “REusable”, “REinterpretation”, “REcreate”, “REinvent” and “REconnect”. Very briefly, in a nutshell: REthink. A top-notch educational challenge, on its second edition in 2020.

A master class journey culminated last May 14 with the award ceremony (held online on Milan-Seoul digital connection) and the prize given to the four winning projects.

Lineapelle’s educational challenge

During spring 2020, in the middle of lockdown restrictions, Lineapelle arranged a set of online seminars, directed at Korean students, on a few topical issues: Italian leather sustainability, leather-tanning circular model and technical elements of the tanning process. Later, in September, they launched some more research digital activities, whose primary aim was to foster the development of those projects and prototypes.

All players involved in it strongly supported such kind of “comeback”. In fact, the first edition of the project had driven a stimulating and creative vitality; subsequently, all prototypes had been exhibited at Fieramilano Rho, during Lineapelle February 2020 edition.

The winners of the K Leather Creativity Awards

In the contest, there were two categories: Fashion Design and Industrial Design. For each of them, there have been two winners, respectively divided into two distance learning (online lessons) semesters.

As regards the Fashion Design area, first semester, the winner was KimMinJU, who presented Coexistence, a “woven leather corset giving a modern interpretation of women’s elegance” (picture right).

As regards the Fashion Design area, second semester, the winner was Lee Mi Sun, who presented his Micro Mobility Driver Outfit.

In other words, a clothing project aiming to fulfil the needs for a smart and new generation urban mobility (picture left).

For the Industrial Design category, about attendance in the first educational training semester, Chung So Hee won first prize: he presented his Celi Leather Table. The concept depicted, in an extremely original way, “leather material” in the home furnishing accessories (picture bottom centre).

Ultimately, as for the Industrial Design category, about attendance in the second educational training semester, the winner was Park JooHee, who presented his Princess Baridegi, an artisan and artistic project which turns into a box full of tales.

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