Pensole Lewis College Of Business and Design partners with DSW to open one of the first black-owned U.S. footwear factories

Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, president of HBCU Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, is continuing to support more Black designers to get their foot into the footwear industry.

Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design has joined Designer Brands Inc., owner of DSW stores, to open JEMS by PENSOLE — one of the first Black-owned U.S. footwear factories — according to a press release.

The opening of JEMS by PENSOLE is under Designer Brands’ $2 million investment to help recruit and develop careers for underrepresented designers, the press release details. Additionally, LeCrown Shoes Industry Co. LTD invested $1 million.

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