Kurt Geiger and the London College of Fashion (LCF) have raised more than $500,000 at the inaugural Fashion Matters gala in support of Cordwainers, LCF's footwear-specialist school. The event took place at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, on Sept. 6, and was hosted by the head of the College, professor Frances Corner, Kurt Geiger's chief executive, Neil Clifford, and Kurt Geiger's creative director, Rebecca Farrar-Hockley. Guests at the event included Jimmy Choo, who studied at LCF, as well as Whistles' chief executive, Jane Shepherdson, and the Countess of Wessex, in her first appearance in her three-year patronage of the College. The event celebrated 125 years of Cordwainers and 50 years of Kurt Geiger. All funds raised on Sept. 6 will go to fund scholarships, bursaries and equipment for students in footwear and accessory design. Besides Jimmy Choo, the list of alumni to have benefited from the expert tuition at Cordwainers includes other top names of the British footwear world such as Charlotte Dellal, Rupert Sanderson, Sophia Webster and Nicholas Kirkwood.