A Salvatore Ferragamo's artisan at work

Salvatore Ferragamo has teamed with fashion school Polimoda to educate the next generation of shoemakers.

Two Florentine excellences, Salvatore Ferragamo and Polimoda, have organized the first master in shoe design. The nine-month postgraduate course, which will begin in January, will allow selected students to immerse themselves in the world of shoemaking.

The master will feature a rich program mixing both a theoretical and practical approach with in-class activities combined with lectures by Salvatore Ferragamo’s executives, as well as tours of the best footwear companies and factories located in the Florentine area.

During the nine months, students will have the chance to focus on different aspects related to shoe design, spanning from the study of foot anatomy and research of new materials and innovative manufacturing techniques to merchandising management and collection development.

“We are extremely happy with this collaboration with Polimoda, which will enable Ferragamo to pass its extraordinary footwear skills to the new generations,” said Salvatore Ferragamo vice chairman James Ferragamo. “Working with Polimoda, we will also have the chance to search for talents in both the design and management areas and tap them at the early stage of their career.”

In keeping with its expansion strategy, Polimoda, which already operates campuses at Villa Favard in the heart of Florence and in Scandicci, a stone’s throw from the Tuscan city, will inaugurate next year a new location inside one of Florence’s most impressive industrial monuments, the Manifattura Tabacchi, which dates back to the Forties. The complex was originally dedicated to the production of tobacco goods and had been abandoned since 2001. In particular, the fashion school Polimoda will take over the 645,835-square-foot “Edificio dell’Orologio,” a four-story building that will accommodate 800 people in several classrooms, photographic studios, art rooms, laboratories, computer rooms and an auditorium.

Polimoda, which this current academic year saw its business up 34 percent compared to the 2016-17 academic year, boasted a 91 percent job placement rate last year.