A Hands-On Approach to Learning Shoe Design
The shoe industry today is an ever changing business that must be followed closely when it comes to trends. But, there must be a basic core to good and classic shoe design that runs through every trend and ever changing season, be it fall/winter or spring/summer.
Knowledge of basic design skills is very important and is the spark that can ignite you into the world of shoe design.
Creativity in footwear design is KEY in todays market and it’s become more difficult because of certain technology advances such as photo shop and pre programmed shoe design courses that do not concentrate on the most important factor CREATIVITY !
Schwartz teaches creative insights into footwear design, starting from a blank piece of paper to a finished sketch. Mark also teaches how to draw and create patterns and designs on the last (form), giving the classes more dimension and a closer feeling to the actual product.
Online classes are also available at $500.00 per four weeks, two classes per week at one hour each (Skype or FaceTime). Classes have been taught online for over a decade with excellent results concentrating on creative design in shoes. I work with seasoned designers in the top fashion houses worldwide to novices just wanting to get a feel for how to begin the design process etc . All are welcome.
MARK SCHWARTZ is an accomplished footwear designer with more than 30 years experience designing shoes for Roger Vivier, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, and Neiman Marcus. Mr. Schwartz has collaborated on design projects in the past with Balenciaga, Chanel, Gucci, and Jean Claude Jitrois. He has made shoes for Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.
At present Schwartz is now involved in doing numerous freelance design projects for both start up companies and established ones as well.