Paolo is the senior instructor at Arsutoria and the leader of the course. Paolo is an expert pattern engineer who has worked at factories and design studios in Italy and abroad. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable, he will cover all basic training subjects and pattern making module and will team up with the shoe fitting expert and costing and sourcing expert.
Andrea of Apego is an Italian mold engineer. He has been the Technical Manager of Apego for the past 15 years. He is THE mold maker, benefiting from the experience, knowledge and technical know-how acquired throughout over 50 years in the footwear and plastic industry that his family business have developed. Andrea is our industry partner and will manage the molding module and will be open to share experience and answer questions during the basic training when related to his field of expertise
Roberto has been in the shoe industry for over 4 decades. He spent the first eight years of his career working in a shoe factory learning all phases of shoe making. After manufacturing, he went on to work in various areas of the shoe business including production scheduling, engineering, purchasing, merchandising, etc. Roberto was one of the first people to pioneer overseas sourcing as early as the late 70’s for The Stride Rite Corp. He continued to expand his sourcing knowledge and experience at various brands including The Rockport Company, Clarks, and eventually circling back to the newly formed Rockport Group. Roberto specializes in developing global sourcing strategies with an emphasis on cost-reduction and supply chain management.
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Basic understanding of the relationship between the foot, the last and the shoe. The last as a manufacturing tool. Grading of sizes and widths, international sizing systems, conversion charts, key points for measuring a last. Steps involved in last design and production: processes and details video supported.
Detailed discussion on foot anatomy: the Foot vs. the last the Last, Examination of Upper materials such as leathers, fabrics, synthetics, action leather, by-cast. Upper and lining preparation, pre-lasting and lasting, design and pattern making for shoes and boots. Focus on heels.
This module will be taught in cooperation with an Italian mold maker, Apego From the creative idea of the designer to the project of the tool (mould) and the setup of the moulding process. Different materials can be moulded with different systems. Analysis of chemical materials used for outsoles, guideline to their differences, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages Overview of materials and relationship with use and performance required.
This module will be taught in cooperation with an expert in the field of Costing and International Sourcing. Key objective of this module is to offer a comprehensive in depth review of costing awareness and value. Topics covered are impact of design, pattern making and construction on pricing. Interactive workshop and simulations using footwear and existing CBS to train participants on how to simulate a cost reduction action, how to better engineer the shoe design, what to change to control costs etc.