Debbie Ferree

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, announces the sponsorship and kickoff of "A Design Affair" with the Fashion Institute of Technology ("FIT"). (Logo: ) DSW Inc. Vice Chairman and Chief Merchandising Officer Debbie Ferree will kick off the contest with FIT students at the HH Brown showroom this evening. Over the next six weeks contestants will design a dress shoe and a boot. Five finalists will have their designs produced by one of five vendors: Mark Fisher, Nine West, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto and Highline United.

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