The Black Footwear Forum (BFF) is back for 2022! Following multiple years of hiatus, this highly anticipated return will see an exciting plethora of events and panels pop up in and around the city of Detroit. Since its inception, the BFF has invited footwear industry professionals and supporters to share stories and ideas to encourage collaboration and the development of Black talent.
'Since its first year, the Black Footwear Forum has evolved into a major industry gathering to celebrate, inspire and acknowledge Black creatives globally who are responsible for the culture of our industry,' Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design founder and president D'Wayne Edwards said. 'This year, it's happening in the only city in the US designated a UNESCO City of Design—Detroit, Michigan.'
The 2022 Black Footwear Forum will run over the course of three days in Detroit, seeing a number of free events, including celebrations, conversations and networking sessions. In attendance will be the likes of executives, industry leaders, the community of Detroit and, of course, the many attendees.
Further calendar details are yet to be announced. However, so far, you can expect panels on subjects such as the importance of role models, how to protect your IP and the paths that have been paved for women in the footwear industry. There is also a scheduled talk from Terrence Floyd – brother of George Floyd – activist and founder of We Are Floyd.
The Black Footwear Forum runs from September 15–18! To register now, head here.