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Strengthening the footwear industry through education.

Joseph C. Moore Scholarship

This scholarship awards one senior candidate the opportunity to attend a 13-week shoe pattern making and prototyping course at the prestigious ARSUTORIA School in Milan, Italy.

The scholarship covers free tuition valued at $11,700 and accommodation at the school residence valued at $5,000, in addition to round trip airfare for a total scholarship value of over $17,500.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this initiative that supports students and honored to be on the judging committee.  It’s wonderful that FFANY continues to support the education critical to strengthening and transforming the footwear industry.” – Jim Gabriel, President of the Footwear Division at Global Brands Group and scholarship judge.

FFANY is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 3rd annual Joseph C. Moore Footwear Scholarship. Each year, we look forward to helping provide further footwear design education to deserving students, and we congratulate this year’s winners.


2017 Scholarship Winners

  • Selected out of six finalists, Den won the 13 week Footwear Pattern Making and Prototyping Course at ARSUTORIA School in Milan, Italy, plus accommodation and travel.

    Den also received the E-Learning online training program which focuses on shoemaking and technical aspects and is valued at $600.

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  • Rebecca won the opportunity to attend the ARSUTORIA School intensive 5-day workshop on footwear fundamentals and “The Art of Traditional Shoemaking”. This course is held in New York City, together with other industry professionals and is valued at $2500.

    Rebecca also received the E-Learning online training program.

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  • Jenevieve also won the opportunity to attend the ARSUTORIA School intensive 5-day workshop on footwear fundamentals and “The Art of Traditional Shoemaking” and the E-Learning online training program.

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  • At the FFANY opening night event held at Bryant Park Grill during market week, the 2016 winners were presented their awards with many in the footwear industry in attendance.

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  • First Place: Chelsea Fu, Parsons the New School of Design, $17,500

    Catching up with Chelsea:

    Chelsea Fu, winner of the 2016 scholarship, is a multidisciplinary designer born in Los Angeles, who graduated with a degree in accessories design.  After attending the ARSUTORIA program, she returned to New York to pursue her career in women’s and men’s accessory design, specializing in leather handbags and footwear.  She is currently an Associate Footwear Designer at Sam Edelman based in NYC.

    “FFANY’s support of education gave me the opportunity to pursue my career.  I learned everything about pattern making, materials, measurements, trims, trends an styles of shoes.  The Joseph C. Moore Arsutoria scholarship allow me to branch out and network with people who share the same passion in footwear and fashion.” Chelsea Fu


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  • Catching up with Hideki:

    Upon completing the course at Arsutoria school in 2015, Hideki was hired as a full time designer at André Assous and recently returned from factory visits to Spain & Italy for the brand.

    “I am so grateful to work for André and I am learning about the shoe industry everyday. I credit the Joseph C. Moore Arsutoria School Scholarship for opening the way for me.” – Hideki Sato.

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2017 Judging Committee

  • Keith Brown President, Private Label Brands - Camuto Group

  • Jim Gabriel President, Footwear - Global Brands Group

  • Dan Friedman President, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain - Caleres

  • Joseph C. Moore Former president - FFANY

  • Wendy Sani Sr. Director, International Course Development - Arsutoria

Joe has been a distinguished force in the footwear industry, as a business leader and benefactor. He had a meteoric rise in the fashion industry where he has spent his entire career. Starting in a family owned children’s store while attending university, he followed onto Bullocks, Los Angeles then to Neiman Marcus where he introduced the Salvatore Ferragamo and Charles Jourdan lines. Joe became President and CEO of Charles Jourdan USA, then held positions at Saks Fifth Avenue where he achieved substantial success.

Joseph C. Moore
Joseph C. Moore Former President & CEO, FFANY