Discover Arsutoria

We are the referent for the footwear and leather goods industry for both design and engineering training. This is what has motivated us every day since 1947: to build and offer the perfect training path to our students, to support them to express their talent in the making and design of shoes and bags all over the world.

Do you know why our logo is a bird?

The commonly named tailor bird (Orthotomus Sutorius) lives in the forests of south-eastern Asia. The name derives from its extraordinary ability to build a nest: this small bird, in fact, sews the edges of two large leaves with blades of grass, which then pads inside and in which it lays its eggs.

Our history

Arsutoria School was founded in 1947, from the magazine of the same name already established in the world of technical footwear information.

The aim a the time was to train the footwear technicians needed in the footwear factories of the Vigevano are, near Milan.

It immediately established itself as an Italian and international reference point for the training of footwear pattern makers and today it is recognized as the best school in the world for footwear and leather goods professionals.

Where we are Now

We firmly believe that a career in the footwear and bag industry must be based on a deep knowledge of the product: design techniques, design, materials, components, and construction.

For this reason we rely on expert professionals and craftsmen of the Made in Italy to teach our courses, precisely because we believe that only from experts’ knowledge we can seed and nurture our students’ talent.

We are in Milan, in the city centre, in the heart of the fashion capital, the ideal place to build up your own network and to enter directly the domain of design and manufacture of shoes and bags.

Our school is international, our students come from over 50 countries so our courses are held in both Italian and English, in addition to the possibility of staying in apartments that are located in the same building of the school.

Since 2015 Arsutoria School is certified ISO9001 and it is accredited for technical training.

Student with a shoe prototype in hand

Worldwide presence

International courses

Together with local industry associations we organize courses and workshops in different countries for employees of footwear and bag companies. During 2017 we have been working in Argentina, Brasil, China, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Perù, South Africa and South Korea.

Collaboration with other schools

We work with fashion design and management school to deliver technical education to their students. During 2017 we have been collaborating with Istituto Marangoni and Domus Academy in Italy, TafTC in Singapore, University of Oregon in the US.

Courses in the U.S.

Since 2009, we have been delivering workshops in the US: in Boston with TwoTen and from 2011 in NYC with FFaNY. In March 2018 we are launching a class in Los Angeles to better serve West Coast footwear companies.

Tailormade training

Together with leading companies we have developed and delivered customized programs to upgrade the employees’ knowledge and skills. In 2017 we have worked with Adidas, Nike, Tod’s and Valentino.