Melissa has launched its latest project entitled Melissa Academy at the fall/ winter 2011 shows in Rio this week. The project aims to develop partnerships with design students through schools around the globe, and for its first edition the label worked with Head Gèneve in Switzerland. The goal was not to just design a shoe, but to create a "walking object" or a "body accessory." Out of the three winners unveiled this week on Melissa's website, my favorite was designed by Julie Simon and inspired by a rubber duck.
The winning designs will be produced in limited editions and sold at Galeria Melissa in São Paulo and online at Melissa's website starting on April.