Meet the Red Tabs!

My name is Keyana Thompson-Shaw. My current obsession is metallic pewter and I am excited to be working with a company that has a rich heritage such as Levi's. I graduated from the University of Michigan where I combined my passions by studying Sport Management, Art & Design, and sustainability leadership. This will be my second go round in Pensole, but first time as a Color and Materials Designer. During my first Pensole class, I worked with Adidas as a footwear designer, but I am interested in learning more about the color and materials side of a product. My first color experience started when I was young and would tag along with my mom to her college art studio. 

I have a passion for storytelling and I want to tell those inspiring stories through design, color, and materials. 

An old native american proverb says:

“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”


My name is Jacqueline Shackelford and I am a graduate of Pratt Institute. Having grown up in a sports family I have always loved moving through space protected by the materials that support that journey. I am motivated to learn more about materials and technology with regards to footwear design. The collective vision of the PENSOLE Academy team with the Levi’s SOLLECTION team is focused on making us dare and spark the sensory story that
inspires in a timeless and ageless way. Levi’s storied history as one of the original
American brands gives us a lot of history to grow on.  I am excited to jump in and enjoy
the beautiful journey.


My name is Otto Aurek Stefan. I am currently an architecture student at the University of Utah and will graduate this upcoming May. I had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 FN Platform Challenge held by Pensole as a footwear designer, this will be my first time attending Pensole as a CMD. Growing up, I attended an arts-focused public elementary school where I experienced colors and materials in-depth for the first time. My experiences in college have continued this exposure and I am looking forward to immersing myself in the color and materials side of footwear.

Levi's has an incredibly strong heritage and I am very excited to be a part of their story.