Alumni Stories

The professional success of our talents is our greatest satisfaction and the tangible evidence of the effectiveness of our training programs. The footwear and leather goods industries are constantly evolving and so are our programs along with them, to provide an up-to-date skills set that will prepare graduates to enter the industry quickly and easily.

Piero Fenato

Director Concept Creation Center at Nike Innovation

Shoe Pattern Making alumn

Arsutoria holds a special place in my heart, as it laid the foundation for my career back in 2000. The program not only instilled in me a strong foundation but also ignited a passion that continues to drive me. What sets Arsutoria apart is its enduring connection; even years later, I find myself collaborating with them, organizing training sessions for my company in US. This enduring connection speaks volumes about the school’s commitment to its students’ success. The team at Arsutoria is exceptional, comprised of dedicated trainers who bring a wealth of experience and expertise. Located in the heart of Milan, the school is perfectly positioned to stay abreast of the ever-evolving fashion and sportswear industry. This proximity to industry trends ensures that students receive the most relevant and up-to-date education possible. In summary, Arsutoria is more than just a school; it’s a lifelong partner in professional development. With its professionalism, forward-thinking vision, and extensive industry connections, Arsutoria comes highly recommended for anyone looking to embark on a successful career in fashion and sportswear.

Matteo Bellentani

Global Creative Director, Head of Product & Design at Clarks Originals

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping, Shoe Design alumn

Ars Sutoria has been an incredible support to my career, and after 23 years in footwear design and creative direction i can clearly recognise the value, I hope more future professionals will approach this school.

Kelly Baillon

Director of Design and Development Karl Lagerfeld & Donna Karan Footwear

Shoe 1-year Diploma alumn

I highly recommend this school and its programs for anyone looking to be in the design, commercialization and/or production of footwear and handbags. The expertise that you have access to as a student, the knowledge that is given to you, the guest teachers that are there to help you are all completely worthwhile! I won’t lie it’s an investment to attend, especially if you’re lodging on site, but it is worth every penny! I wish all footwear designers had to take at least an abridged version of their 1-year program before they could start working. The skills you learn here not only make you better technically, but they make you a better designer. With so many designers coming into their real world jobs and many becoming line builders - instead of designers - this gives you the opportunity to learn how to become an actual designer. You learn about commercialization and consumption of materials, costing and global market differences. Really could not more highly recommend.

Carlos Loreto

Director of Technical Design and Production at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototypin, Shoe 3D design alumn

Arsutoria has helped me immensely to advance in my career. There I acquired solid technical knowledge about footwear construction, from concept to production. I was able to understand thoroughly the components of a shoe and how they interact with each other and the importance of the material used. Making quality shoes can be a complex process, I’ve used the knowledge acquired in Arsutoria in all my jobs. It has helped me to design quality shoes at the appropriate price. Most recently I took the 3D Design course and it was extremely useful. This changed completely my design process. I feel now that I am more in charge and that the shoes look the way I want to. Not to mention the big help for factories to understand my designs. The future of footwear design is 3D. I used every day my 3D learnings and I am so thankful to the school for helping me in every step of my career.

Fausto Costa

Head of Quality Management Supply & Production at Birkenstock

Shoe Design alumn

Arsutoria is an excellent school for a person with or without any experience in the footwear industry and who wants to learn more about both the technological and product design aspects of footwear.

Théodore Mkrttchian

Pattern Making/Development at Maison Massaro/CHANEL

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

I have been advised Arsutoria in order to become great in the shoe industry. It is a straight path to greatness, in terms of knowledge, skills, worldwide network, and vision. Arsutoria is school of excellence, I remain always grateful to its teachers for what they have taught me and the bonds we have built. The school is a very good way to bring your career to the the next level.

Innovation careers

Piero Fenato

Director Concept Creation Center at Nike Innovation

Shoe Pattern Making alumn

Design careers

Matteo Bellentani

Global Creative Director, Head of Product & Design at Clarks Originals

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping, Shoe Design alumn

Kelly Baillon

Director of Design and Development Karl Lagerfeld & Donna Karan Footwear

Shoe 1-year Diploma alumn

Carlos Loreto

Director of Technical Design and Production at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototypin, Shoe 3D design alumn

Andrzej Bartie Bikowski

Head of Design Outdoor & Golf at ECCO Shoes

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Lisa Cronin Arida

Creative Design Director Men’s Footwear at Steve Madden

Footwear and Handbag pattern Making, 2D CAD alumn

Solveig Gubser

Senior Designer Leathergoods at ELU / ECCO

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Kaiwen Yen

Footwear Designer  at Alexander Wang 

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Diana Larrota

Accessories Designer at Versace

Bag Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Guglielmo Gorno

Footwear designer at Puma

Shoe Design alumn

Pablo Jaspers Callado

Footwear designer at Unisa

Sneaker Design, Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Farida Eid

Senior Footwear Designer at Mintra

Footwear Pattern Making and Prototypin, Shoe Design alumn

Hélène Meksavanh

Head of Product & Merchandising / Sport & City lines Footwear / Buying - TJX Europe

Shoe Design and Luxury alumn

Alexandros Vasdekis

Footwear Designer & Creative Director at Myconista

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping, Shoe Design alumn

Diego Di Lorenzo

Footwear Designer - Footwear Pattern Maker at Premiata

Shoe 1-Year Diploma Program alumn

Daniela Rincòn

Handbag designer at Misako

Bag Design alumn

Franc Riera Fortuny

Zara Woman Footwear designer at Inditex

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Will Verona

Design Director at Purified

Footwear Design and Pattern Making alumn

3D Design careers

Ernesto Maldonado

3D Footwear Designer at Decathlon

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping, 3D Design alumn

Simona Chen

Junior Shoe & 3D Designer at DSQUARED2

Bag Pattern Making and Prototypin, Shoe 3D Design alumn

Production careers

Fausto Costa

Head of Quality Management Supply & Production at Birkenstock

Shoe Design alumn

Tommaso Ostani

Head of Footwear Industrialization at Golden Goose

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Alessandro Nobili

Industrialization Technician at Balenciaga

Footwear Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Mattia Arcidiacono

Industrialization Techncian, Sneakers at Hermès

Footwear Design and Pattern Making alumn

Development careers

Gianfranco dB

Director of Product Development & Technical Services - Footwear at LVMH

Shoe Design alumn

Indrajeet Sen

Global Director Sourcing & Development at Puma

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Augusto Festa

Director of footwear development & commercialization at Coach

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Katharina Toppel

Senior Footwear Developer at Adidas

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Luca Ripari

Shoe Technical Developer at Alexander McQueen

Shoe Pattern Making alumn

Carla Gemmiti

Women - Elegant Collection Development Project Leader at Hermès

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping, Shoe Design alumn

Elio Garcìa

Director of Materials at Inditex

Footwear Engineering, Pattern Making and Development alumn

Sebastian Riedel

Senior Product Line Manager Run/Train Europe at Puma

Footwear Design alumn

Maddalena Castellanza

Shoes Special Parts Researcher & Developer at Gucci

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Olivia Crowley Gottlieb

Director of Product Development at Margaux

Footwear Design alumn

Thomas Morra

Footwear developer at Hugo Boss

Shoe 1-Year Program alumn

Pattern Making - Engineering careers

Théodore Mkrttchian

Pattern Making/Development at Maison Massaro/CHANEL

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Valentina Marasco

Shoe Pattern Maker at Gucci

Shoe Pattern Making and prototyping alumn

Alessandra Colombo

Bag Sample Maker at Valentino

Bag 1-Year Program alumn

Giulia Forcellini

Senior Pattern Maker leather goods at Renato Corti

Bag Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Fabio Pellegrino

Shoe Pattern Maker at Prada Group

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Entrepeneurship careers

Benedetta Boroli

Founder & Creative Director at Benedetta Boroli

Footwear Collection Design and Development alumn

Sarah Flint

Executive Chairman, Creative Director and Founder at Sarah Flint Inc

Shoe Pattern Making and Prototyping alumn

Pablo Chico de Guzmàn Amat

Export Area Manager en Emboga S.A (Hispanitas)

Footwear Pattern Making, Collection Design and Development alumn

Faryl Morse

Founder & CEO, Faryl Robin Footwear

Footwear Design and Pattern Making alumn