Fashion retail giant Glassons has given Otago Polytechnic fashion design students a valuable nudge to the next level.

The partnership objective, where students submit their designs to gain commercial feedback from industry experts, is a gateway for emerging Kiwi designers to get their voice heard on the local fashion stage.

“The level of design and commitment at Otago Polytechnic is extremely refreshing,” said general manager of Glassons Sebastian Cole.

“It gives me great hope for the future of New Zealand fashion.”

Participating students presented their designs to be critiqued by Cole and Glassons design manager Kiriana Pettersen. The duo was so impressed by the level of work that they awarded two one-month internships with Glassons.

Kenya Quin was awarded an internship with the retail giant for her fashionable yet commercially transferable aesthetic alongside fellow student Sophie Ball’s impressive theme and infections personality.