Fall 2017 has had the usual international audience with students coming from Canada, Greece, India, Israel. Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Ukraine and Venezuela. The course has been a journey from basic to quite advanced level for quality of pattern making and prototyping.
Students teamed up to create amazing prototypes by completing each construction step: from splitting to skiving leather, to prepare edges for the finishing, to brush the colored edge to smooth it, to stitching the bag itself, the lining, the zippers and pockets. Have learned about different materials including leathers, finishing, reinforcements and fabrics.
Have developed skills on pattern making and pattern cutting as well as on prototyping on Shopping bags, Boston Bags, Bucket bags and have learned the Box Construction, Framed Construction, Briefcase Gussets Construction and Strip Construction to complete their final individual prototypes. The final prototype was a personal design of a handbag based on one of the studied construction model.
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Andrea is a young industrial engineer, graduated from Universidad de Los Andes who fell in love with leather handbags. Andrea has always loved design and while working on her graduating project being a business plan for leather goods, she also developed designs and first prototypes, she felt the urge to pursue this path with the aim to be able one day to launch her own brand.← Back
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Naveen is a civil engineer and architect who comes from a family business with a strong tradition on footwear making. He has been working in the family business for almost 3 years but has decided to learn about bags to actually look for new market opportunities.← Back
Changed my career and opened a bag retail shop.Read the full story
With a background in the pharmacy industry, Miline decided recently to follow her passion and to start a business in the bags together with a friend. She has opened a bag retail shop with a manufacturing workshop in Brussels. In Arsutoria School she has attended both the pattern making and the design course.← Back
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Giulia has a background in law but she always worked in fashion retail. After few years at Hermes, she decided to take the pattern making course. Right after graduating, she found a job in a leading high-end bag manufacturer in Milan where she started a career in product development.← Back
The pattern engineer is the technician who translates ideas into products. Arsutoria teaching methodology is based on a key assumption: pattern making techniques are fundamental both to technicians and designers.While bag making, pattern makers may realize that the paper pattern may need some re-adjustment so may go back to the paper pattern and modify some details
Students will take an introductory course to 2D CAD pattern making, to create the patterns for their prototypes that will be machine cut the following weeks. Arsutoria School is equipped with a digital classroom with state-of-the-art software and equipment to allow our students to focus on what really matters: digital pattern making.
After the patterns have been finalized and corrected, students start to get their hands dirty in our own sample room.
To practice hands-on skills and stimulate cooperation among students, two group activities will be organized: each student will be asked to complete a different task and coordinate individual work with those of the other students to produce a complete prototype of a bag.
We invite a wide variety of companies to have really focused, one-day lessons for our students, getting to the smaller details that go into the making of a bag. In this picture, RiRi explains the production process and real-life applications of zippers to our last bag pattern making class.
Given the chance according to the timings of the course, and thanks to our tight collaboration with Arpel Magazine, we are able to expose students to the excellence in bag materials producers and manufacturers. These visits are a terrific opportunity to understand the challenges behind the making of a top quality bag.
The diploma will be issued to students who successfully pass the final assessment which is composed by three sections:
A short course on bag design, for those who wish to launch their own brand or work as designers for a company. Focus on bag sketching by hand, digital design and merchandising planning. The perfect complement to the 10-week courseLearn more