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Project OR + Malakye Design Contest Winner Announced + Notable Contenders

July 7, 2010

Project OR + Malakye Design Contest Winner Announced + Notable Contenders welcomes Amy Bittner to the Project OR design contest!  Amy, a recent graduate of FIT is headed to Salt Lake City, Utah on August 2, 2010 as the winner of the Malakye + Project OR design contest and sixth contestant for Project OR.  Find out more about Amy by visiting Project OR on

Dozens of students from all areas of the U.S. entered the design contest.  Below are eight bright, future talents who entered the contest and are all ready for that first full-time career opportunity.  Employers, take notice!  Below you will find links to select portfolio images from each contestant, as well as contact information. 


More about Project OR
Project OR, produced and recorded live, is a 48-hour concept-to-prototype student design competition meant to inspire outdoor product innovation. Filmed in a reality-competition type format, Project OR begins with an initial Design Brief that challenges the students to create a garment that is original in its design, and has an innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, with a practical application for the outdoor market. Once initial garment drawings are complete, contestants turn their artistic designs into realistic product concepts through sourcing the latest fabrics, zippers and other clothing components provided by participating Outdoor Retailer supplier exhibitors. After the sourcing stage, contestants spend the remainder of the 48-hour deadline at their work stations (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, pressing equipment and tools) building their final prototypes.

Project OR's panel of judges, comprised of Outdoor Retailer-selected designers and industry trend-setters, review each contestant's final prototype and presentation on the last day of the show, to determine the Project OR Summer 2010 winner. The winning student receives an all-expense-paid trip to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market '11 and a half page profile in Textile Insight. 

Show attendees are encouraged to follow the students' progress in a designated area on the show floor and via streaming video on the OR Web site. Attendees can submit their vote via a ballot box by the contestant work stations for a second design award - the Project OR People's Choice Award.