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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. 08, 2016 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 12-One Year Course 2016

During this week we were all very busy designing and making our Derby shoes. The pattern for the Derby shoe is a bit more complicated than the Oxford, but has less different panels to work with, so the time spent on the pattern is more of less the same depending on how many decorations you would like to add. Most of us decided to make two pairs of shoes at the same time. This is great as you can work on the one while waiting for the other one to dry before starting to work on it again.

We are also preparing the insole of the shoe to do the Goodyear technique. This is a different way to attached she insole of the shoe to the outsole by hand sewing the together in a specific way.

On Wednesday it was also the opening of the German Christmas market in Santa Croce and we all went for some warm gluhwein and yummy pretzels.




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Prof Angelo demonstrating the pattern for the lining of the Derby shoe. This is also a bit more complicated as you need to pivot the pattern in order for the tongue of the shoe to fit in on the pattern as well.


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Here the different pattern pieces are placed on each other to make sure that they fit in order to prevent any problems when making the upper of the shoe.


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I finally also had some time to make the extra decoration piece for my Oxford shoes. This piece is also detachable so that you can decide how you would like to wear them on the day.


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Tina, Ivanna and Brigette enjoying their super tasty German wurst rolls at the market on Wednesday.


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On Friday I also visited the Odeon movie theatre to watch a movie for the first time. It is such a beautiful theatre still in its original form and style from the 1920’s.


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Tina, putting together the upper leather panels for her derby shoe. She decided on a stunning textured brown leather with a decoration on the front toe.


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Giovanni very focused as he stitches together the upper leather panels for one of his derby shoe pairs. He is making a pair of shoes for himself and a pair for his sister.


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Masami is quite ahead and already practicing the stitching that we will need to do for the Goodyear technique.


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This technique takes a lot of time and focus as the thread needs to be prepared in a specific way before using it and precision is very important.


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Florence is becoming really festive as we are moving closer to Christmas. The streets are filled with beautiful lights and Christmas decorations and there is a constant buzz of people walking through the streets. Cute Christmas markets are also popping up everywhere and what better thing to do than to give Santa a great big hug!




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