Inspire Fashion! Shankopotamus Polo Shirt Design Contest

Phoenix Fashion Week has introduced many new pieces to the fashion week puzzle this year, including their Model of the Year contest. What’s more, they are now partnering with established golf accessories company, Shankopotamus, for their first ever student design contest. This contest allows talented high school seniors and college students in a fashion program to submit their creative designs and gain a platform that showcases their work. Aaron Luttenenger of Shankopotamus was looking to get his brand more involved in the community in a creative way. “We were looking for a way to add something new and creative within our accessories. Also, we are always looking for a way to be involved within communities and contribute to those communities in any way we can. Ultimately, Phoenix Fashion Week was a great fit with our brand,” Luttenenger said.  Phoenix Fashion Week Executive Director, Brian Hill also feels a good partnership made this amazing opportunity possible. “It was already a perfect partnership to work with an apparel brand like Shankopotamus and to be able to inspire young fashion designers to create and win a scholarship was icing on the cake,” Hill said. To enter, students must creatively incorporate both the Shankopotamus and Phoenix Fashion Week logos and submit their top 2 best designs by September 2, either in computer graphic or finished sample polo shirt form.

Ultimately, Shankopotamus will choose the contest winner based on three categories: creativity, distinctiveness and originality.  “We have left the door open for them to really think out of the box – they can choose the color, the collar shape, the buttons, the design, the material – all of it,” Luttenenger said. The official announcement will take place September 16th at the Phoenix Art Museum.  The winner will not only receive a $1,000 scholarship, but the opportunity to have their design produced and premiered at Phoenix Fashion Week this October! Phoenix Fashion Week Director of Education, Liz Riley believes this contest is in perfect harmony with the Education Team’s mission and is excited to work with Shankopotamus.  “We’re seeing a passion for fashion within an ever increasing number of students here in Arizona. The Education Team’s mission is to mentor students who are working toward a career in the fashion industry. We’re very excited that Shankopotamous has demonstrated a strong belief in our efforts by not only coming on as a sponsor, but by offering this scholarship program to help one of tomorrow’s fashion stars,” Riley said.

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Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

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