A Hartlepool student was chosen from hundreds to become a finalist of a nationwide design competition for Specsavers.

Aimee Monkman, an art and design student at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) was selected as one of ten finalists for the Specsavers Eyewear Design Competition 2018.

The competition, supported by fashion brand Red or Dead, was launched to find the best young talent to create a new cutting-edge eyewear collection which will be on sale, and showcased, in all UK and Ireland stores.

Invite to London

Aimee was invited to present and pitch her designs to a panel of judges including Specsavers glasses experts and Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock in London.

Aimee’s local Specsavers store in Hartlepool suggested she enter the competition after supporting her with one of her university projects based on vision, by donating frames and materials.

Aimee said: ‘Getting to the final in London and meeting the judges, including Oliver Proudlock, has been a real highlight for me, it was an amazing day.

‘I also want to thank Ian and the team at Specsavers Hartlepool, I really appreciate all their help and support.’

A word from the store director

Ian Walker, store director of Specsavers Hartlepool, said: ‘We are thrilled for Aimee and so proud that she made it to the final of the design competition, it really shows that all her hard work has paid off.’

The new range will include designs by four young designers, and each winner will receive £2,000.

One overall designer will also be flown out to the Far East, all expenses paid, to see their designs being made.

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