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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.




Jan. 23, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 15-One Year Course 2016

On the Monday of the 19th of December I left Florence to travel back home for the holidays. It was so great to be back to South Africa and to see my family and friends again, and of course, the great summer weather that I missed so much!

I spent Christmas with my family and family friends on their wine farm. It was the perfect day surrounded with the best people and best weather. We drove up to the hills of he farm to see the sunset and have some sundowners.

A few days after Christmas my boyfriend and me travelled up the east coast to visit my best friend who has a place in Aniston, a stunning little town next to the coast of the Indian Ocean. We spent a few days there as well as New Years Eve. It was such an amazing few days as I have so many memories there and being by the see and its beautiful nature calms my soul so incredibly.

While in Aniston we also travelled to a town next to the see called Cape Agulhas. This is the most southern point of Africa and where the two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, meet. This is quite a place spectacular to be.

For the rest of the holiday I spent a lot of time with my family and friends and it was very sad to say goodbye when I had to leave again back to Florence on the 15th of Jan. Even though it was sad leaving, I am just as excited to be back in Florence and to continue my course.






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On the beautiful hills of Altydgedagcht wine estate where we spend Christmas day with our Belgian family friends.


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While I was in Florence last year my mom finally opened her gorgeous little art gallery on Muratie Wine Estate nearby Stellenbosch. She specializes in exhibiting talented and well-known South-African and African artists. My boyfriend and I went to visit her during the week and also had lunch at the rustic and vintage restaurant on the wine estate.


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During the summers in South Africa there are so many outdoor festivals and parties. We attended one of my favorite ones called Sexy Groovy Love on the stunning Rheebokskloof Wine Estate. The festival is always so beautifully decorated and the music is fantastic.

南アフリカの夏は屋外でのお祭りやパーティーが盛んです。美しいリーボックスクリーフで行われたSexy Groovy Loveという私のお気に入りのお祭りに参加しました。このお祭りの装飾と音楽はいつも最高です。

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On the last day of the year in Aniston with all my best friends. It was such a perfect day with the most majestic sunset. After sunset and dinner we all headed to the beach where everyone comes together to watch the fireworks and celebrate the New Year together.


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With my gorgeous best friend on her deck in Aniston with the sand dunes in the background.


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This photo is taken on the most southern point of Africa at Cape Agulhas. Afterwards we also visited the lighthouse and then had the tastiest seafood at a restaurant on the beach nearby.


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Me, my brother, my best friend and my brother’s friend on our way to Blue Peter, one of my favorite restaurants on the see of Bloubergstrand, close to my house. They have the best pizzas and live music.


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At Blue Peter restaurant watching the sunset.


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My boyfriend wearing the shoes I made him for Christmas.


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Back in Florence and still getting used to the cold!


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