This is the first Academic course for shoe design in Belgium. The course lasts 4 years -10 hours a week- and is part of the part time art education in Belgium. The focus is on design -fashion, creativity, innovation- but students learn how to make their own samples. For more information please visit the website.
footwear design - leather goods design - footwear technology - leather technology - leather goods technology.
Learning shoe making and design in Florence, Italy from distinguished artists. We organize Academic and short courses. Feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
Tanning is an industrial sector with a long-standing tradition in Spain: beginning amongst craftsmen, it has remained in place for centuries, evolving progressively to the current high technologica level.
Tanning sector is made up by 115 companies employing some 2.650 workers.
The companies geographical distribution shoes a strong concentration in the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Madrid, with some other tanneries spread over 15 other provinces.
Riviera del Brenta footwear originates from the Venetian “Calegheri" (Cobblers) of the 13th century even if it developed fully only towards the end of the 19th century.
Its real beginnings go back to 1898 when Giovanni Luigi Voltan, drawing on his past experience in the most important shoe factories in the States, opened the first Italian industrialised footwear complexe in Stra. His example was soon followed by many more who, formed professionally at Luigi Voltan’s “school”, started similar enterprises.
The period after World War II saw shoe factories proliferating in the Riviera del Brenta even if quality was not particularly high at the start.
The technological-organisational leap takes place with the introduction of new machines and control and organisation techniques, a process supported by the creation of the European Community and the opening of the great foreign markets.
Today nearly 500 SMEs are working in the sector covering the whole production range. 10,000 people are employed by these companies. Annual production boasts 19 million pairs, 95% is women’s luxury/upper market footwear, the remaining 5% being men’s upper market shoes. Current turnover exceeds 1.6 billion Euros, 91% of which is export.
The specificity of the “Brentano” sector comes from the fact that nearly all the designer shoes found on the markets of the whole world are almost wholly manufactured – and to a considerable extent co-designed and marketed – by shoe factories in the Riviera del Brenta.