Details at Valentino RTW Spring 2019

MILAN — Polimoda continues its collaboration with Italian luxury fashion companies to strengthen its educational offering.

After teaming with Salvatore Ferragamo for its first master in shoe design, the Florence-based fashion school has partnered with Valentino on the new master in bag design.

Debuting this January, the post-graduate program will offer students a very focused program to fully understand and explore the world of leather goods.

To this end, Valentino will open the doors of its factories located in the Florentine area, as well as of its headquarters in the heart of Rome, to the students.

Combining theory and practice, the nine-month master will include classes, workshops, the development of a project with Valentino, as well as a final internship. Students will be able to focus on different aspects  of design, starting from production and the selection of materials to merchandising strategies and planning a collection.

Polimoda classroom

The Polimoda classroom.  Courtesy Photo

“I love repeating the slogan ‘leather is the skin.’ Bags and accessories maintain a central role in the world of fashion, as they are irreplaceable and timeless fetishes. The creation of these objects not only taps into tradition, artisanship and high-quality materials, but also innovation, creativity and design,” said Polimoda director Danilo Venturi. “From companies we periodically receive requests for increasingly specialized profiles, individuals familiar with both production methods and techniques and the specific workings of this market. Hence, the master’s program was born. We aim to form young professionals equipped to become bag designers, product developers and merchandisers that will perhaps one day launch their own lines. I’d like to thank Valentino Maison; a partnership with such a prominent symbol of Made in Italy is vital to the direct transmission of knowledge and, naturally, also job placement.”

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 during the past academic year saw its business up 34 percent compared to the 2016-17 academic year, boasted a 91 percent job placement rate last year.

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