Meet The Designer

With no formal education, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards has been designing sneakers for over 30 years for some of the world’s largest brands.  All the while, Dr. Edwards felt a calling to make his mark on the footwear industry not just in the sneakers he designs, but in helping to create greater opportunity for future industry gems.  With Pensole Lewis College Dr. Edwards has reimagined and reinvented the education system, providing a unique educational experience; teaching students skills to thrive in the product creation industry.  He founded JEMS, the first Black-owned athletic footwear factory in the US, in 2022 with the vision to empower the next generation of creatives by offering greater accessibility to manufacture their own brand, ultimately leaving the industry a better, more diverse place. Sold exclusively at DSW, The FIRST JEM has launched! Buy Now

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