Creative Mind Podcast Episode 8: Dip Your Toes Into Footwear and Accessory Design with Damion Le Cappelain

(by Bobby Brill)

No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes and a killer bag to match. Bobby Brill talks with Damion Le Cappelain, the Footwear and Accessory Design Coordinator for the newly launched track at the School of Fashion.

In this episode, Damion shares how he became a fashion designer with a biology major and music industry background. As he worked in the music industry, he found his speciality as a graphic designer for music records. He then began a love for sneakers which developed into a passion for creating men’s footwear. So, he went back to school to learn the craft of footwear design and entered the fashion industry as a footwear designer for major brands after graduation.

Damion received a Masters in Menswear Footwear from the Royal College of Art, London. Prior to this, he studied footwear design at Cordwainers London College of Fashion.

Damion Le Cappelain has 8 years’ experience teaching footwear and accessory design, joining School of Fashion in 2017. Prior to this post, Le Cappelain was professor of accessory design at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Before teaching, Damion designed men’s footwear for Hudson in London and various freelance and consultation work for companies including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tom Lipop, T&F Slack and Roots Collective. Le Cappelain continues to produce bespoke made to order shoes and bags for his customers and work on his line.


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