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Strengthening the footwear industry through education.

Joseph C. Moore Scholarship

FFANY believes education has the power to strengthen and transform the footwear industry.  In 2015, FFANY and Arsutoria School partnered to create a scholarship program to continue to establish the foundation for expertise in our industry and to foster a new generation of footwear professionals.

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

Each year, we look forward to helping provide further footwear design education to deserving students and we congratulate all the talented participants and winners.

Learn about Chelsea Fu and how this scholarship program is achieving the goal to develop young talent and position them for promising careers in the footwear industry.  

“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.

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.

    Take a look at Den’s talented work and his exciting journey and experience at Arsutoria School at  Upon Den’s return to the U.S, he was hired as an Assistant Designer at DKNY footwear, a division of the G-III Apparel Group.

    “My dream is now a reality. A life filled with emotion and new experiences is a life worth living. This would not be possible without the help and support of Joe Moore, FFANY, Arsutoria, and the amazing judges.” – Den Ly

    Learn About Den's Experience at Arsutoria
  • 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.

    Upon graduation, Rebecca joined Coach as an Assistant in their designer handbag division.

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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 2017 winners were presented their awards with their faculty and many in the footwear industry in attendance.

    Image to left:
    Jenevieve Woon, Dan Friedman, Rebecca Drobinski, Joe Moore, Ron Fromm, Den Ly, Keith Brown, Jim Gabriel

    Image above:
    2015 winner Hideki Sato, 2016 winner Chelsea Fu, Ron Fromm, Jenevieve Woon, Den Ly, Rebecca Drobinski, Wendy Sani

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  • 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 allows 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 designer at André Assous.

    “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.

    Learn About Hideki's Arsutoria Experience

2018 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

  • Tsering Namgyal Group President, Chinese Laundry

  • 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