UoN student crowned winner at global shoe design competition

Cyprian Kavita Kiswili, a University of Nairobi student has been crowned winner in the 2019 Bata Young Designers Challenge.

Kavita, a design graduate from the School of The Arts and Design in the College of Architecture and Engineering, was among the finalists competing at this year’s Bata Fashion Weekend at the Prague, Czech Republic.

UoN’s Anita Wambui Wairimu, a third year interior design student, was also a finalist at the highly competitive challenge.

Five UoN students from the School of The Arts and Design participated in the 2019 Bata Young Designers Challenge in Kenya.

‘Walk the Savanna’ was the theme the students worked with on their designs. The challenge was part of Bata’s 125 years celebrations.

Asked to describe his experience at the challenge, Kavita summed it up in two words: ‘exciting and interesting.’

“My main challenge was that I had never designed footwear before,” he said. “I took up the challenge and I am glad I did it.”

For a fresh graduate, having his shoe design being sold in selected Bata stores globally is quite an achievement.

Kavita designed an open sneaker that was inspired by the savanna in Konza town.

He called his shoe ‘Blossom’ describing the coming to life of the savanna.  The yellow and black unisex sneaker has different textures and interesting graphics inspired by his love for illustrations.

Elijah Nyaanga

Am Elijah Nyaanga, a Journalist based in Nairobi. I write for this News Website, a product of Scholar Media Group Ltd.

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