CTA’s, 6ixess Academy have partnered up with Canadian business and fashion leaders for the ultimate collaboration. The Wolf Sneaker – conceptualized by the students, is brought to life by Sully Wong.
Students at the Central Toronto Academy have been hard at work with the help of staff and Fashion Helps founder Sheila McElrea for the exclusive project. From idea development to production, the art students stretched their skills set for a common goal.
CTA Arts Director Beckie Dileo is determined to encourage students to think outside the classroom and into the community. “The program goes beyond traditional arts programming. Our goal is to inspire students to apply their creative skills set into real life experiences and build social entrepreneurship,” says Dileo.
Approximately 70 students are enrolled in the program, all of whom lent a hand in the six-month long project – taking the concept from a thought, to paper to real life. Dileo reached out to various industry leaders to mentor the students and provide guidance as the project came to fruition. Mentors for the program include: Melissa Austria, Founder of Gotstyle, Amanda Lao, Director at Liquid Communications, Roger Gingerich from Gingerich Group, George Sully + Henry Wong of Sully Wong, Sheila McElrea founder of Fashion Helps, and Shannon Passero from The Post Office.
George + Henry have been supporters of the program for some time and have donated product on a number of occasions, making Sully Wong a natural fit for the project. “We did it for the kids,” says designer George Sully. “Everyone has a dream, this is a great way to help students understand that if you have the right people helping you facilitate them, those dreams can become a reality.”
The limited edition, unisex sneakers will be available in November and sold exclusively at Gotstyle. All proceeds from sales will be put back into the Arts Department at CTA to continue building the community connection program and giving the students opportunities like this.