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BIPOC Designers Apprentice at Timberland Headquarters as a Part of the DiverCity X Design Program, in Partnership With PENSOLE Academy

BIPOC Designers Apprentice at Timberland Headquarters as a Part of the DiverCity X Design Program, in Partnership With PENSOLE Academy

Published 04-19-22

Submitted by Timberland

Meet the footwear designers of tomorrow, who spent three months at Timberland’s HQ in Stratham, NH as part of the DiverCity x DESIGN program, in partnership with PENSOLE Academy™ and its founder, Dr. D'Wayne Edwards . ​​
With a goal of cultivating and advancing BIPOC talent within the footwear industry, DiverCity x DESIGN presents a rare opportunity for five individuals to undergo a year-long apprenticeship learning everything there is to know about footwear design while experiencing the unique cultures at three VF brands: Timberland, Vans and The North Face. ​​The apprentices will soon complete their time at Vans HQ in Costa Mesa, CA and will then relocate to Denver, CO for three months with The North Face.
While in New Hampshire, one project had these talented designers share their vision of a Timberland boot for the brand's upcoming 50th anniversary, with the unique experience of having their prototypes produced. At the end of the rotation, with guidance and support from assigned mentor teams, each presented their final concept to senior leadership, who were duly impressed.​
The DiverCity x DESIGN program is a key element of Timberland’s commitment to The Work of creating a more inclusive and equitable future, through design education and other community-building programs.

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Timberland is a global outdoor work and lifestyle brand that’s on a mission to equip and inspire a new generation to step outside and move the world forward. Based in Stratham, New Hampshire, Timberland also has international headquarters in Switzerland and Shanghai. Best known for its original yellow work boot introduced in 1973 to take on the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories made with eco-conscious innovation for people who share the brand’s passion for enjoying – and protecting – Nature.

At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world. The brand has committed to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025, and has a bold vision for its products to have a net positive impact on Nature by 2030, giving back more than they take. To share in Timberland’s mission to step outside, work together and move the world forward, visit a Timberland® store, or follow @timberland or @timberlandpro. Timberland is a VF Corporation brand.

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