Rene Caovilla

MILAN — René Caovilla has teamed with Vogue Talents, the project of Vogue Italia dedicated to the discovery and promotion of young talents and brands within the fashion industry, to launch a mentorship program.

Called “The Future Footwear Generation,” it aims to select up to three national and international shoe designers, who will have the chance to spend from three to six months at René Caovilla’s factory working next to both the brand’s creative team and the company’s skilled artisans.

During that period, they will also have the opportunity to develop a capsule collection expressing their personal aesthetic.

René Caovilla and Vogue Talents will take into consideration the résumés and the portfolios, including eight shoe styles, of three categories of candidates — aspiring footwear designers who haven’t launched their own line yet; shoe designers who have already established their brand but who haven’t presented more than three times, as well as members of companies’ creative teams with the desire to found their own label.

Candidates can submit their requests to René Caovilla and Vogue Talents until Nov. 6.