Students' report

Up-to-date report from one of our students!

Danielle LEGER

Nationality: Canada
Course: Bag Making
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 - Apr. 27, 2018

A small town girl from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Danielle Leger has always had big dreams. After graduating in Montreal at LaSalle College in Fashion Marketing, Danielle was ready for the next step to pursue her career dreams as a businesswoman and designer. With the intention of one day starting her own bag and accessories company, Danielle’s next step was to come to a place that is World renowned for its high quality craftsmanship and fashion sense. She found everything she was looking for at Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy, enrolling in a one year program in Bag Making & Design. Danielle loves challenging herself in the creative arts and bag making, and is tremendously happy to be at this school to do so.

カナダのニューブランズウィック州フレデリクトン出身の小さな街の女の子、Danielle Legerには大きな夢がありました。モントリオールにあるラサール・カレッジでファッション・マーケティングを学んだ後、Danielleは彼女のビジネスウーマンとデザイナーとしてのキャリアと夢に向かって次のステップに進みます。いつの日か自分のバッグ・アクセサリー会社をスタートさせるため、Danielleの次のステップはその質の高い職人魂とファッションセンスで世界的に有名な場所に来る事でした。彼女はイタリア、フィレンツェのアカデミアリアチのカバン制作・デザインワンイヤーコースに求めていたもの全てを見つけました。Danielleは制作活動やバッグ制作で自身を試すことが好きなので、この学校でそれができる事が本当にハッピーです。

Jan. 19, 2018 | Posted in Top Stories, Bag Making/Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Danielle LEGER | Course: Bag Making/Design

Bag Making 5-One Year Course 2017


In Bag Making class today, I worked on the interior pockets for my shoulder bag/clutch. On one side, I stitched on a zippered pocket. On the other side, I stitched on an open pocket with a magnet closure, with the intention of using it for a cellphone. The magnetic pocket is more detail oriented, and I used a different technique to have the pocket stick out a bit on the sides, rather than be flat. To do this, I had to fold the pocket on either side, stitch it down, and then unfold it and stitch either side down to the lining. This creates a phone pocket that is more 3D looking, rather than it being flat.




Today in Bag Design, I showed my designs to my teacher for the “Bows for Bees” collection I am working on. Veronica gave me tips to improve so that I can come back next week with better drawings! Later in the afternoon, I did work in Bag Making and completed the pocket with the magnet.



Today in Bag Making, I did more work on my shoulder bag/clutch. I completed the zippers and feet. The bag is versatile in that you can hold it in two different ways, from the top and from the bottom. Essentially, there are two tops and two bottoms. One of Julianna’s old students came in and modelled my first bag! Today was also the first day of the color theory section in my art class.




Today was the first day in hand stitching! We all started our first small leather good, with one zippered pocket and two buttoned pockets. We had to practice cutting with the knife on leather, as the leather is much thicker when used for hand stitching than with the sewing machine.





Bright and early this morning, I left for Milan to attend Lineapelle, an International Leather Fair, with my friend from school, Shivani! Without having gotten tickets prior, Shivani and I showed up there requesting tickets to get in. Fortunately, Shivani has her own business and official website, so we got in with showing our legitimacy in the Fashion industry! The fair was astonishingly huge and wonderful! We spent hours looking at the numerous brands and speaking with the people there selling leather, synthetics, and hardware for bags and shoes. It was an unforgettable experience that opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities for finding unique and avant-garde materials.



Ask a question to this reporter



Painting Restoration 66-Internship Course 2017-2018

Language:   Reporter: Eri Hosokawa
Course: Restoration of Paintings

Read more

Shoe Making 15-Atelier Course 2017

Language:   Reporter: Li SHIAU-TING
Course: Shoe Making/Design

Read more

Interior Design 19-One Year Course 2017(Student1)

Travel to Milano From Paris to Milano it took about 2 hours…
Language:   Reporter: Juan ZHI YANG
Course: Interior Design

Read more



At Accademia Riaci, we are recruiting Course Reporters from our students. The students who are chosen to become Course Reporters are given 10 % of the tuition as their scholarship fee.
The Reporters who have submitted excellent reports will have his or her profile posted on our school website for the next 5 years as an alumnae and will be able to connect with their business chancesafter their graduation.

Read more

Apply Now
Contact Us
TEL +39 055-289831
FAX +39 055-212791
Via dei Conti 4
50123 Florence ITALY

Italian Language Plus course


    You can contact us via Skype Call me!-Accademia Riaci
    » Get Skype! (FREE CALL)



    Student Gallery