Home Shoe courses Startup your own shoe brand

Startup your own shoe brand

€ 2000,00
Jul 27th, 2020 → Aug 5th, 2020

Dec 16th, 2020 → Dec 19th, 2020

May 3rd, 2021 → May 6th, 2021

English, Italian
9AM to 5PM, Mon to Fri

A 4-day consultancy course where startup brands learn how to approach the design of their first collection and how to work witch factories

Info request

How our courses change with COVID-19

Since February 2020 with the spread of COVID-19 the school had to suspend all training courses. Italian Ministry of Education and our Regional government have communicated that we will be able to start courses again from June 2020. Nevertheless we need to assure the safety of our students and put actions in place to prevent the spread of the virus again.

The major constrain that we need to face is the distancing. We won’t be able to use the facilities of the school as before because we need to assure a minumum distance of 1 meter between students. For this reason we have decided to change the way we organise our classes.

The three pillars of our training will remain the same but we will change the way we organise each of them

Lessons from the teachers

Our teachers have been working hard to prepare video lessons to cover all course topics. You will be able to access these contents at your own pace from home.

Individual work

Learning by doing has always been the center of our training. We will send you all the materials you need to work. Teachers will assign homeworks to assess your understanding of each topic

Review with the instructor

Teachers will dedicate 100% of their time to review your individual work and to give you feedbacks and suggestions on how to make better. This is a key moment of the course

Target Students

This course has been created for those who wish to launch their own brand of shoes and wish to know more on how to manufacture their shoes in Italy or in Europe. How to avoid the main mistakes due to lack of experience, how to make an efficient starting in order to get competitive on the market from the beginning.

Topics covered during this course

How to select a factory (and be selected)

It’s not easy for a new designer to find a factory that is willing to produce his/her shoes. Working with a new designer is an investment of time and resources in the development with limited expectations for production.
It’s important to understand what kind of expectations factories have when they meet a new designer. How to create and to maintain an effective relationship to grow business together.
Half a day will be dedicated to visit a factory in the area of Parabiago or Vigevano.

Design strategies

Is it possible to understand which designs are going to sell and those that are not? When a shoe design makes manufacturing more difficult? What drives shoe costs high without adding value to the product? What makes fitting worse?

Materials sourcing

Strategies to choose materials and components when you are a start-up business. Focus on lasts, heels, soles, cost/amortization of development and moulds. Working with tanneries and suppliers of fabrics and synthetics: how to manage the lead-times and the minimum order quantities.

Additional notes

The course is made in partnership with a consulting studio – specialized in start-ups – run by experienced professional that every day face problems and find solution on working with new brands.

We accept a limited number of students in each class to facilitate the interaction with the teacher. Participants will receive instructions on documents/materials that have to be ready before the beginning of the course and that will be discussed during the class hours.


Need more information? We're here to helpFill this form to download our complete brochure and we'll get back to you in no time!

Download our brochure

Submitting you request...
Please wait for the confirmation page to appear