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Here is a glimpse into the winners' learning experience during TaF.tc Footwear Diploma Study Tour back in May:
Types of Shoe Last
Sketching on Shoe Last & Flattening of a Shoe
Cutting Leather Patterns for Shoe Upper and Lining
Richard Siccardi was born in South Africa and had moved to Vigevano, Italy in his early age. His first, significant experience in the footwear industry was working in a factory where he started pattern making for Italian footwear groups such as Pam and Mariella Burani.
Richard Siccardi has more than 15 years of experience as a footwear pattern maker, and 8 years as a footwear manufacturer. He is one of the few footwear specialists much sought after globally in techniques of model development, stylistic design, collection development and prototyping.
He has worked with many global footwear brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Versace, Missoni, and many others. After gaining extensive experience with those brands, he decided to pursue one of his many talents - teaching, at the renowned shoe pattern making & design institute, Ars Sutoria in 2006. With Ars Sutoria’s international network, Richard is also deployed to conduct workshops and training in countries such as China, Mexico, Africa, USA, Mexico, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Richard is passionate about the industry and he continues to work with emerging designers and brands in shoes development. He now manages his own footwear development consultancy business, Arise.S, besides continuing with his teaching.