D'Wayne Edwards grew up in Inglewood, California, in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. At the age of 17, he won a Reebok design competition, beating out professionals and college students nationwide. He spent the rest of his senior year drawing shoes every day, and the last one he drew was the AIR JORDAN 2. He began working for L.A. Gear after graduation, and at 19 because the youngest professional footwear designer in the industry. Head Designer by 23, he left L.A Gear to become Brand Manager/Head Designer for Karl Kani Footwear a year later, then launched his own brand by age 28, SITY by Skechers, which was the #2 brand to watch right behind Brand JORDAN. He moved to Nike in 2000, and by age 30 was one of the youngest Design Directors in Nike's history. He went on to create two more Air Jordan designs, the XX1 and XX2, and his 500+ designs have sold more than $1 billion worldwide. He founded the Pensole Footwear Design Academy to offer others like him the chance to become educated in the field, something no college offered him before he started work with L.A. Gear.

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