Artisanal Shoes

Artisanal Shoes focuses on the fascinating, artisan traditions of manufacturing leather shoes. The seasonal course provides a up-close look at specific treatments and handling techniques, as well as preparation processes, stitching, working and leather finishings.

Artisanal Shoes


  • Level: Seasonal
  • Duration: 1 month
  • Cost:4,000
  • Language: English
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Start:June 29th 2020
End:July 25th 2020
Start:August 31st 2020
End:September 26th 2020

The curriculum includes: stitching and construction techniques; leather workshop; drawings; shoe design. This course focuses on artisan production techniques and the analysis of different styles of handcrafted shoes. The course will go through the whole creative process, from paper modelling to cutting, sewing and assembly, prototyping and production; all of which will be illustrated and put into practice using sample models.

The course also includes: a visit to a manufacturer or to the Gucci Garden or Ferragamo Museum; an international guest lecture by a fashion industry expert; a personal project; and an individual interview with a senior teacher from the course to assess your potential and further opportunities to continue in this field of study. The whole working process and final project will be documented in a design book, adding value to the portfolio of any fashion designer.

Participation in this course is an excellent initial stage of preparation in the fashion business, a course of study that may continue with the 4-year undergraduate program in Fashion Accessories Design or Fashion Design Management, the 2-year associate degree program in Fashion Technology or the 9-month master program in Shoe Design.

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