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Lara Blevi

Nationality: South-African
Course: Shoe Making
Program: One-Year Atelier Course
Period: Sept 5, 2016-April 25, 2017

After Studying a BA degree in Fashion Design in South Africa, Lara decided that she would love to study further and focus on a specific direction in the fashion industry. During her studies, she followed an internship at a company where she was taught how to make and design handbags out of leather and exotic leather skins.

She knew instantly that she would love to study further and learn more about shoes and decided to come to Firenze, Italy, the most famous city to learn more of leather art and shoes! She found Accademia Riaci and knew that the shoe making course that they had to offer was exactly was she was looking for.

Here she wishes to learn the highest level of shoe making techniques and to be able to follow her dream to become a designer with the knowledge of not only fashion, but also the art of shoe and handbag design.




Dec. 05, 2016 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 11-One Year Course 2016

This past week we were all super busy finishing up the last details of our shoes and very excited when it was finally finished. We are all so chuffed with our first pair of shoes and pretty surprised with how great they all turned out. Of course, millions of photos were immediately taken and we also discussed that we should plan a photo shoot next week with all the shoes together.

It was also prof Angelo’s Birthday on Wednesday and we had great fun and celebrations with cake (that Jo baked of course) and champagne!



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Here you can see the stage just after I finished my sole of the shoe and the construction of the heel. Making the heel for the shoe is quite some process and takes a lot of time as each layer of leather must be cut out, skived, glued, hammered until your arm is literally too tired to carry on, and then again skived with the machine to shape the heel. This process is repeated four times for each shoe.


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Angelo with his Birthday cakes and brownies (which I made so proudly) on Wednesday morning just after he blew out his candles. We had such a great day, ate way too much cake and found that a little bit of champagne definitely helps with the shoe making!


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Here Bernardo is showing me how to skive the sole of the shoe to finalize it and then to be painted and polished.


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Jo, Joe and Tina sitting together, removing all the last parts of glue off the leather of the shoe before polishing the leather. We were all joking on how you think your shoe is finally almost finished until you realize that you still have to remove the glue from each hole of the decorations on the leather of the shoe with an ear bud. That task probably took as all another two hours!


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My first pair of shoes finally done and dusted. We all went to a small leather shop close to the school to buy laces and I was so lucky to have found the perfect color.


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On Friday I travelled to Berlin to visit my brother for his 21st birthday. We had an amazing weekend with lots of gluhwein and fat conversations, as we haven’t seen each other in months.


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Me standing next to the Berlin wall.


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All the Riaci shoe making students together with Bernardo, Masa and of course, Angelo, on his birthday.


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