June 7 - 9, 2016 NY Hilton Midtown & Member Showrooms


Strengthening the footwear industry through education.

Craftsmanship: FFANY & ARS Sutoria

Ars Sutoria Workshop

What does it mean to strengthen an industry? For FFANY, it means providing learning opportunities that help shape the current and future leaders of our industry. We believe education has the power to strengthen and transform the footwear industry.

To do this, we have partnered with the Italian shoe school ARS Sutoria to educate industry members about manufacturing through New York workshops, scholarship opportunities, and e-learning courses.

NYC Workshop: The Art of Traditional Shoe Making

Greater understanding of the processes of production of different types of shoe constructions and deeper knowledge of the materials used in each stage of the process. An opportunity to refocus the experience and progress in a job that requires the ability to thoroughly analyze the product and interact with professional engineers from the overseas manufacturing of sample rooms and factories. ARSUTORIA will bring two senior footwear professionals to the course:

  • Paolo Marenghi is the leader of the course. He will be responsible of class timing and agenda. His background is in the field of pattern engineering, he will cover all basic training subjects and pattern making module
  • Roy Russo is a shoe fitting expert, who has worked with the most important brands in the footwear field.

Agenda may slightly vary depending on interest and background of participants. We highly value interactions, feedback and questions from participants. Slides with pictures and videos will be used throughout the entire course together with sample materials that will be available in the class. USB key with slides will be given to participants at the end of the 5 days.

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Graduate Testimonials

  • Clay Jenkins

    SVP, Global Sourcing, Compliance & New Business Development | CALERES

    “Even with +25 years of shoe experience, I attended the ARS classes with goal of getting refreshed as shoe manufacturing technology and production locations continue to evolve. The class provides an in depth informational education and tutorial experience for any who attend. I’m confident any designer starting in the industry will benefit and learn about lasts, fitting, pattern cutting, shoe construction and leather making. I strongly endorse attendance for any new designer.”

  • Lauren Sandling


    “During my week with Arssutoria, I learned the basics of patternmaking, footwear construction, and cost awareness. With the knowledge, which was imparted throughout the week I am able to, not only fulfill my role as a designer, but also I am able to communicate more effectively with my team overseas. The information gained has helped me understand the importance of patterns and construction and how to properly design footwear that meets the needs of our customer. This training program is essential for anyone starting his or her career in the footwear industry.”

  • Jessica Chen

    Yellow Box Shoes

    “The Ars Sutoria New York workshop was an extremely beneficial experience. Without any formal education in footwear design, the week long training was an invaluable crash course in shoe making. The curriculum provided extensive information on shoe making fundamentals, but the inclusion and discussion of modern manufacturing processes really helped relate to my work. The knowledge I gained from Ars Sutoria aided all aspects of my job from collection development to sample prototyping overseas . To further advance my capabilities, I am currently taking the Footwear Pattern Making and Prototyping Course in Milan. The amount of technical knowledge I am learning through pattern making will be a vital benefit for my continuing work in shoe design and production.”

  • Kris Chang


    “The ARSSUTORIA course in NYC with the support of FFANY is one of the best shoe courses I have ever participated in. The curriculum is extremely well designed for students on all levels, all aspects related to the shoe industry. As a designer, I found the manufacturing portion of the course most helpful. It has helped me greatly when communicating with the overseas production team on sample construction and sampling method.”

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