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A Talented–and Well Shod–Quartet

“Look @wlunews, 4 classes working together in NYC!”

That tweet, from Washington and Lee alumna Coye Nokes, of the Class of 1997, tipped us off to an event last week that featured four W&L women — two alumnae and two current students.

Coye has her own eponymous brand of women’s shoes. This summer Anna Marie Haynie, a senior art history major from Shreveport, La., and Sarah Jane Schneider, a junior English and business administration double major from Dallas, have interned at Coye’s New York headquarters.

On July 31, W&L alumna Inslee Haynes, a fashion illustrator, from the Class of 2008, joined the three at Coye’s studio for a special invitation-only event to preview the 2013 spring collection. Each guest chose a pair of shoes, and Inslee transformed them into 8×10 watercolor portraits that the guests could keep. You can see examples of those sketches on Inslee’s blog.

It was, as Inslee explained, a trial run for the upcoming major press preview of Coye’s collection, when they plan to do the same thing for editors and fashion reporters.