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.
Roy is a life-long last and fit technician. Roy has been responsible for Technical Product Development for leather, last, soles, heels and other components and working directly with line builders and designers, assisting factories in all phases of development and production. Roy has worked for the most important footwear brands including Steve Madden and Nine West both in the US and offshore.
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.
Analysis of world footwear production and its growth in the past years. Overview of cemented/board lasted construction process: from last preparation to the finished product: The foot, the last and the shoe. Upper materials, upper making process, shoe components, shoe constructions.
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.
Types and materials used. Their differences, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. Analysis of production process, for both traditional (cut and assembled) and molded units.
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.