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.
Schwartz teaches creative insights into footwear design, starting from a blank piece of paper to a finished sketch. Schwartz 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. Classes are available at Schwartz’s design studio in Tampa, FL, or Schwartz is also able to come to you. Classes start $2000.00 to $2750.00 for 5-day courses. Online classes are also available at $500 per two weeks, three classes per week at 45 minutes each (Skype or FaceTime).
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.