Drew Vargo

I am a footwear and leather goods designer that seeks to utilize craft and material to develop products that are rooted in cultural context and are evocative of time and place.


JBF Customs
Werx Design
5.11 Tactical
Johnston & Murphy




Drew’s Work  ↓

Voilier: Inspired by the rocky shores and crashing waves of the Breton coastline, this pair of luxury sneakers encapsulates the rich maritime spirit of Brittany.
Pinkerton: Drawing from the long history of the eponymous detective agency, this pair of boots brings the spirit of the 19th century American frontier to the modern day.
Patchwork Haori: Blending Japanese Americana, upcycling, and natural fabrics, this kimono jacket is a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
Amherst Lug: Expanding upon the line's active and comfort lifestyle elements, I developed new engineered knit and leather slip on upper designs for the existing Amherst Lug group.

©University of Cincinnati, DAAPIndustrial Design Class of 2024