London Florence: Fashion Accessories Design

Dual City 2017 - Florence

During this course you will design and produce a contemporary leather bag and a piece of 3D printed jewellery. Experiencing accessory design from the heritage craftmanship used in leather work through to creating innovative jewellery using the very latest technologies to produce work at the cutting edge...more information below 

Taught by: Elisa Palomino and Diane Ellen Becker (Central Saint Martins), Niccolò Sbaraglia (Polimoda), Tiziano Bisconte (Polimoda), Gianpiero Cartia (Polimoda) and Sivia Malaguzzi (Polimoda)


During this course you will design and produce a contemporary leather bag and a piece of 3D printed jewellery. Experiencing accessory design from the heritage craftmanship used in leather work through to creating innovative jewellery using the very latest technologies to produce work at the cutting edge. You will be guided through every step of the process for idea generation and design development in London through to actually creating your own unique that demonstrate your skill and creativity whilst in Florence.

This course introduces you to leather design and the range of skills used when working leather, from traditional techniques to new technologies as well as how to get the most out of 3D printers to create jewellery. It will give you an understanding of the most important aspects of the creative and artisanal process using the state of the art facilities in Polimoda.

This course is intended to contrast the long heritage apparent in the luxury leather goods market with the innovation and huge potential that modern technologies offer to contemporary fashion accessories, and to exploit the characteristics of both cities and schools involved - offering a wider perspective and different approaches that will feed into your personal project. Creativity, research and practical sessions combined with tutorials and project revisions will enrich your personal vision of the future of fashion accessories. During the course you will take a number of accessories from concept and research development to final designs on paper, in London and in Florence take your designs to produce a contemporary leather bag and a piece of 3D printed jewellery.

Who should attend

This programme is aimed at current accessories students or professionals who wish to broaden and enrich their experience of fashion accessory design two great fashion and lifestyle capitals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to use a variety of tools and machines in Polimoda’s specialist leather manufacturing laboratories.
  • Understand the processes required to produce 3D printed jewellery
  • Leanr how to research concepts which can be developed into designs.
  • Understanding the application of research in the design process to produce design solutions, which make an imaginative use of different technologies.
  • Leave with the ability to communicate ideas using drawing and other visual forms appropriate to the accessories field as well as presentation skills to enable you to sell your idea to your target audience
  • Have a collection of leather and printed samples for your portfolio that you have created during the course.
  • Produce a prototype contemporary bag.
  • Produce an innovative piece of contemporary 3D printed jewellery


This course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins Fashion Design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative.

The course focuses on finding inspiration, researching, and developing ideas for Fashion accessories. A key element of the course will be utilising and developing your research skills. You will research contemporary British Accessories designers identifying their trademark characteristics. You will learn how to incorporate such elements into your own work to give you a distinctive style. You will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into accessories designs and work on small samples.

A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover pattern-making and accessories illustration. You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard.

Research will also include a trip to key British stockists (Dover Street Market, Browns, Liberty, Harvey Nichols) to enable you to capture the current British Fashion scene. You will also do research trips to the V&A, as well as East London studios, stores galleries and nightlife. Research will be captured in your sketchbook, through drawings, photos, test samples, fabric swatches and notes.

During the course there will be drawing workshops, which will help you to develop your own individual fashion drawing style.

The course will take you through a series of individual and group tutorials and by the end of the week you will have created a significant portfolio of work, designed a collection of 6 pieces inspired by the work you completed on your personal universe. The accessories will be properly illustrated and accompanied by extensive research, colour palette supplemented with additional fabric and leather research, prints and fabric manipulation. 


In Florence the practical work begins where you will start to work in the well equipped workshops to develop your own samples, producing work under the guidance of the highly experienced tutors and technicians.

As a continuation of your design work in London, you will research the heritage around ‘Made in Italy’, what it means in contemporary accessories, and the strong tradition of Florentine historical leather craftsmanship, which also influences the contemporary Italian designers.

The City of Florence and its outskirts have a lot to offer for inspiration, research will include a trip to key Italian stockists. You will also do research trips to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum, the Anthropological museum, as well as stores, manufacturers, galleries and nightlife. Research will be captured in your sketchbook, through drawings, photos, souvenirs, test samples, fabric swatches and notes.

The courses will take place at Polimoda’s campus in Villa Favard, with it’s incredible library and fully equipped laboratories in Scandicci.

During the course you will start to turn your two dimensional concept for a bag into fabric samples and 3D prototypes. You will receive demonstrations and undertake exercises using a variety of tools and machines used in the leather manufacturing laboratories. From the first day you will have to start practicing sewing and construction techniques and will be guided by our Master Artisan so will finish with detailed samples of bags.

You will also work with the latest technologies using the specialist scanners and 3D printers to fabricate a piece of printed jewellery. Learning how to use this state of the art equipment and understanding how it can push boundaries in the fabrication process.

By the end of the fourth week you will have designed a collection of accessories inspired by the work you completed on your personal universe and seen through the eyes of the Italian design tradition, and informed by Italian culture. You will also have produced a bag and jewellery prototype.

Tutor Information


Elisa Palomino is Senior Lecturer and Pathway tutor on BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins. Elisa is a Spanish born designer who has graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fashion Design and has worked in some of the most prestigious Fashion Houses, including Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Dior Haute Couture.  She was appointed Head of Studio for John Galliano, where she worked for eight years. Most recently Elisa Palomino held the position of Vice President of Design for Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 Elisa Palomino launched her own collection during New York Fashion Week. This first collection is bought in its entirety by Dolce & Gabbana for the opening of the concept store SPIGA 2. Further stockists include; Couturelab (London), Ra (Antwerp and Paris), Eleonora (Rome), Rail (Brescia), Liliane Romi (Paris), Al Ostoura (Kuwait), Front Row (Beirut), Harvey Nichols & Mayass (Riyadh). Elisa’s collections have been showcased at Milano On Stage, Milano Loves Fashion, AltaRoma and Cibeles Madrid. Having moved her creative studio to London, Elisa has shown at London Fashion Week.

Creative consultant, Diane Ellen Becker has worked in all aspects of the specialty leather business from visual merchandiser and buyer to designer of high-end leather goods and shoes. She has extensive experience in international trend research and creative brand identity, through both consultation and formation, to fashion/design professionals and educational institutes. She is a native New Yorker, based in Florence, Italy, former Department chair of Design: Footwear and Accessories at POLIMODA: International institute of Fashion Design and Marketing and senior lecturer in the Luxury Management Masters with a program closely connected to the tradition of quality and craft of the Tuscan leather district and innovative personal research.

Past work includes collection design and creative network for CAMPER, Pancaldi 1888, Luisa Via Roma, and special corporate projects for Ferragamo, Gucci, Ballentyne and Ferrari.

She is currently Director of International and Creative studies at Hiko Mizuno and the Tokyo College of Cycle Design in Tokyo and founding faculty of SLEM Footwear Innovation Institute in the Netherlands, while in Tuscany she is Director of Didatic Projects for the Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale responsible for the prestigious Craft the Leather programs.

Diane has wide-ranging international lecture and workshop experience in Paris, Milan, Tokyo, London, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Seoul, she is mainly curious about how creativity works.


Niccolò Sbaraglia is an economist who specialises in statistics and a luxury accessories production manager, who specialises in product communication. After eight years of running his own two companies in New York City, T-project showroom and PLUMA- ITALIA, he accepted the role of professor teaching the subject Craft to Business at Polimoda in Florence. His first company, T-project (, dealt with the production of leather goods and metal accessories for some of the most important Italian and French fashion brands. The second company, PLUMA – ITALIA (, is a luxury fashion jewellery brand, 100% Made in Italy. A highly regarded brand, PLUMA has testimonials from Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry and has received coverage in Vogue Italia, People Magazine, Marie Claire, GQ, Bullet, The Untitled. It has also carried out co-branding with Jason Wu, Snoopy [Peanuts International], and Swarovski. Niccolò still manages PLUMA and now holds the position of senior professor at Polimoda, teaching both undergraduate and master courses with a focus on production, craftsmanship and statistics.

Tiziano Bisconte - biography coming soon

Gianpiero Cartia - biography coming soon

Sivia Malaguzzi - biography coming soon


Materials list coming soon

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