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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.




May. 12, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 25-One Year Course 2016

During this week I finally finished my brothers shoes. It’s amazing how much longer the last few steps for rounding of a shoe can take, especially if you want it to look neat and professional. I am very impressed with the turnout though and so excited to give them to my brother.

I also carried on working on my dads shoe and finished a lot of work on the insole to prepare it for the Tirolese stitch.

今週、私はついに兄のための靴の制作を終えました。 靴に丸みをつけるための、特に素晴らしい、プロの作品に見えるように仕上げるための最後のいくつかのステップには驚くほどの時間がかかります。私は出来栄えにとても感動しています。兄に渡すのがとても楽しみです。


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The whole cut Derby shoe, with Blake stitching that I finally finished for my brother. I really think he is going to love them.


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Before the mounting can be started, the insole and uppers for the shoes has to be perfectly prepared in order to make the following steps easier.


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After completely finishing the uppers for my dads shoes, I started mounting them to the last.


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The mounting is slightly different, as you need to prepare the insole especially for the Tirelese stitch.


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After the toecaps are inserted and the final mounting is complete, the next step is to start with the Tirolese stitch.


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On Wednesday it was Joe’s birthday, and like always we arranged a super fun surprise party in class. For the evening we all went to a place called Colle Bereto for dinner and drinks.

夜は、皆で食事するためにColle Beretoという場所に行きました。

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The next day I travelled to Rome to meet up with my boyfriend who was travelling to the south of France for work. It was an unbelievably beautiful evening and we also had the best food.


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The next day we travelled to Nice and then Antibes where we stayed for the weekend. It was incredible and we had such amazing weather too. We also went to Monaco for a day where we took the Hop on Hop off bus around and also walked along the docks and admired the beautiful yachts.


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