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Leather Crafting in Italy
Italy is the core of leather crafting art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit of the quality of Italian artisans who put a value on creating beautiful, comfortable with a feather touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all Italian cities has been the center of the Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with an uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such a shoemaking industry now seeks to incorporate traditional and modern techniques, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoemaking artisans who preserve the precious tradition of shoe industry is an utmost theme in Italy.
SHOEMAKING: Accademia Riaci offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoemaking techniques, directly from Italian leather artisans with highest skills and rich experience.
In our course, students can learn all the steps of the shoemaking process (making the last, cutting pattern, choosing materials, sewing, etc.) which can be worn for a long time.
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Studio instructors are from Italian families, who has been making leather goods for generations. The studio is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in easy comprehensive manner.
Also, students will have a chance to visit, together with the instructor, The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, a fashion museum dedicated to the life and work of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo.
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