20 Candidates Shortlisted for 2017 Levi’s® x Arts Thread Competition

Levi Strauss & Co.
January 31, 2017

With 497 entries from 84 schools across the globe, this year’s Levi’s® x ARTS THREAD Design Competition was as fierce as ever.

Following a rigorous vetting process from a team of experts, applicants have officially been whittled down to a short list of 20!

Without further ado, here’s who made the list (name and school):

  • Deborah Abitbol, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
  • Flora Bourgoin, Atelier Chardon Savard
  • Paige Bruchez, The University of Salford
  • Camilla Dovey, Birmingham City University
  • Andrea Dorazilova, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
  • Val Kristopher Galbo, The University of Salford
  • Shachar Giladi, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
  • Pascaline Grandjean, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
  • Yasmin Harrison, The University of Salford
  • Stefanie Jessica, Academy of Art University
  • Marta Kaźmierczak, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Zhihan Liu, Academy of Art University
  • Lou Millet, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
  • Jia Quan, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Dylan Rutz, Pratt School of Design
  • Shriya Seshadri, Pratt School of Design
  • Alice Simpson, University of Westminster
  • Felix Sulopo, Academy of Art University
  • Zoe Wells, Kingston University
  • Yilian Wu, Academy of Art University


All applicants were asked to design four-to-eight outfits for Levi’s® Made & Crafted® Fall/Winter 2018 line as well as a visual identity for the brand. Levi’s® Made & Crafted® is a specially designed line focused on the quality of every detail. Every button, zipper and finishing seam is attended to as closely as the fabrics.

“When we set out on our first competition with Arts Thread last year, our aim was to connect with the best design talent wherever that may be. And these candidates have exceeded our expectations,” said Jonathan Cheung, Levi’s® Senior Vice President of Design. “For those of you who entered but didn’t make the 20, I’d like to thank you on behalf of the Levi’s Design Team for putting in the time, your talent and your heart. You made it really tough for us to select 20!”

Of these 20 shortlisted, eight will be selected for an interview with the Levi’s Design team and two will be chosen to take part in a 10-week internship here at Levi Strauss & Co.’s San Francisco headquarters in Summer 2017. They will have the opportunity to work with Jonathan and his team of designers, take advantage of the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives, and do some work at the Eureka Innovation Lab with Bart Sights, Vice President of Technical Innovation for LS&Co.

“We’re looking forward to speaking to the eight finalists and welcoming two special people to spend the summer with us,” Jonathan said.