Student Design Competition



The Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition celebrates the beauty, sustainability and versatility of leather, while recognizing the innovation and craftsmanship that the new generation has to offer.

Here you will find all you need to know about how to enter, the brief, updates on the competition and articles to educate and inspire you.

Good luck – you could be the winner of the 2022 RLSD trophy, see your design professionally made and much more.

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The Brief

To create a single item in one of three categories of clothing, footwear or accessories.

Designs must be made up of at least 50% cowhide leather, make use of natural materials and minimise use of synthetics and plastic. We do not accept any use of fur or exotic skins.

Your creation should champion slow style, transcending fast fashion, and celebrate one or more of the facets of leather from its beauty and versatility to its strength and durability.

We are looking for designers who are innovative, proud to use long-lasting natural materials and will inspire and shape the next style trends and fashion movements.

Entry Criteria


Moodboards and inspiration


Short Description Introducing your design


Sketches, flats, technical specs


One final design drawing


Option to include a short video introducing you and your design

To upload your entry please create an account on ARTSTHREAD.COM Click here to create your profile

Need help setting up your profile? Click here to download our how-to guide

Don’t forget to read the Competition Terms and Conditions! Click here to download the T&Cs

Competition Timeline


Online portal open for entries.


Competition closes May 31st


Shortlist revealed. Category winners and overall winner announced.


Showcase event as part of international competition.


We will shortlist finalists in each category before the judges choose category winners and an overall winner who will see their design professionally made and promoted in a capsule collection, as well as taking home the trophy and featuring in the RLSD 2022 coffee table book.

Designs that celebrate the beauty, versatility & sustainability of leather and champion slow style.

Designs must be made of at least 50% leather from cow hide.

Any other materials used must be natural or organic materials, for example wood or any natural fibres.

No fur or exotic skins. Our mission is to cut waste and utilise materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Plastics must only be used where no natural alternatives are available.

Enter in any of three categories







Learn how leather is sourced, selected and produced, and how to choose and work with the right leather for your project.

Watch our student training video below and discover why using natural, organic and long lasting materials like leather cut waste and offer a sustainable alternative to environmentally damaging and short lived synthetics and plastics.

Introducing the judges

#1 Mike Adler

Fashion Stylist

More to be announced...
Educational Materials

Want to learn more about how using leather cuts waste, landfill and carbon? Or about its durability, versatility and timeless style?

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