The focus of this workshop is to achieve a greater understanding of the processes of manufacturing and production of different types of shoe constructions and extensive knowledge of the materials used within each stage of the process.
This workshop brings manufacturing, design, and construction expertise of Arsutoria back to the United States. As one of the first international professional development workshops in the US, running for more than 10 years with the proven success of training more than 1000 US professionals, and 75 years of footwear training programs in Italy, we commit to the knowledge advancement and success of each participant.
Designers, Product developers as well as Material Sourcing Experts, Managers, Retailers, Costing Analysts and Merchandisers, Footwear Technicians, Creative Directors, Textile operative.
Anyone at any level (from newcomers to experienced professionals) interested/motivated in understanding processes from Footwear development to construction
Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, created in 2010, educates emerging design students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to develop creative, technical, and formative skills for employment pathways in the footwear product development positions. Within the heart of Detroit, Pensole combines teaching methodology of experiential learning, industry professionals, and open-access enrollment opportunities.
Technical Director and Senior Teacher
Paolo is the technical director at Arsutoria School and the leader of the program both in Italy and in the US. During more than 25 years, as an instructor, he has educated a countless number of shoe designers and pattern makers. During this course Paolo will explain the manufacturing processes step by step for different shoe constructions and he will show how the different materials and components used in every step of the manufacturing process contribute to the final quality of the shoe. Being an expert pattern engineer, he will demonstrate how material consumptions and yields are calculated.
Director Color Materials and Global Strategies
Pensole Footwear Design Academy
Suzette Henry is the Color and Material Dir. for Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design and the founder of the MLab Collective.
The MLab Collective is unique in being a robust partner for diverse suppliers to showcase their seasonal products for students who attend Pensole Lewis College. Ms.Henry curates the CMF curriculum for brands as well as stand-alone workshops providing instruction in the following: leather, smart fibers, performance packages such as Ariaprene, and innovative leather replacements like Clarino. Shoemaking is about providing solutions through CMF.
Ms. Henry has worked in the product creation industry for more than 3 decades, specializing in creating learning libraries with a focus on color influencers, curated material spaces, and problem-solving through a sustainable lens.
The relationship between the human foot and the footwear going through the shoe last. A deep dive into the parameters used in the shoe last development covers production, analysis of length, width, size measurements and size conversion among EU, UK and USA systems. Explanation of upper and lining materials. Focus on interlinings and reinforcements to be used depending on the shoe. Understanding of the process of cutting and upper assembling related to materials and new upper making systems.
Materials for uppers (leathers, fabrics, synthetics, action leather, by-cast) and linings, Middle components (counters, toe boxes, interlinings), Bottom components (mid-soles, outsoles and heels).
Overview of production process. Basic upper constructions: board lasted, strobel lasted and tubular moccasin. Basic footwear constructions: cemented outsoles, stitched families (e.g. Blake, stitch-out, Goodyear), vulcanized and injection/direct attach. Alternative/hybrid constructions derived from basic ones and approaches to mix upper and shoe constructions.
Combined with our partnership of Pensole Lewis College we are also joining alliances with Hotel Saint Regis for hosting the accommodations of September 2022 Professional Development course. After a remastering of the space in 2020 the hotel offers 125 guest rooms and is a landmark building in Detroit. The area surrounding is immersed in the Detroit art scene, museums and centrally located to many restaurants within walking distance.
July 10 - 20, 2023