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BKSS visits LA!

HELLO Los Angeles!
Here's the full line up of classes while we're around.

* all classes will be held at Willie's Shoe Service: 

1174 S la Brea Avenue los angeles 90019
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#001 Introduction to Shoe Making

This class is a 2-hour theory class on footwear structure, resources for materials & how to measure your feet. Get inspired and design your shoes-. After this class, you will be motivated to create your designs!

If you register for the 6-day workshop, the intro class is included in the total price. (Please sign up only to the 6-day workshop if you intend on signing up for the 6-day)

For other footwear courses, it is highly recommended (not a requirement) to take this course as it covers a lot about basics of footwear and shoemaking lingo. It will give you a little time in between this class and your 3-day class you intend to take, to prepare supplies or order custom lasts ahead of time.


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#002 Pattern Making Class

In this 4 hour class, you will make a pattern for your own design. You will make both upper and lining patterns. This is a class you can take multiple times, depending on different designs you wish to create. Each style has a different pattern, and different tips and tricks.

You can always come back for this class for your new designs!


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Handsewn Moccasin Making

Fringe or no fringe! Learn how to make moccasins with a twist of your own.

In this three-evening course, you will walk out with a finished pair of moccasins. You will have the option to change up the fringe or the height of the moccasins.

We will have patterns prepared for you.
Note: Class price already includes materials fee. You will be asked to provide a shoe size.

Come and join us!

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Leather TOTE BAG Making

In this Bag Making course, students will choose their leather and hardware and learn how to construct a tote bag from start to finish.

The bag making course includes tuition and all the materials needed to make your bag. Leathers will be available to choose from on the day. No experience necessary. Designer and bag maker Lorna Nixon will teach this class.

**Class time may extend up to an additional hour if there are many enrollments, so please do not book bus or train tickets immediately after the scheduled end time of class. 

**Disclaimer: We used to offer a class that was integrated with backpack making but the time wasn’t sufficient for both types of classes in one, so we will only focus on tote bags for this class.

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Slides & Mule Making Workshop

In this 8 hour course, you will modify an existing pattern, trace and cut material, last the upper, prep the outsoles, and sole the mules.

It's an intensive, but fun one-day workshop to get your hands working on an easy pair!


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I CAN MAKE SHOES visiting Sandal Making course

This course is taught by I CAN MAKE SHOES from London.

Give your feet some lovely sandals from this beginner's course, where you will make some awesome sandals, either for the summer- or for vacation! It's summer somewhere in the world, all year around, isn't it?

In this half day course you will learn how to make a pair of truly unique summer sandals and will walk out with your creations on your feet!

Materials included! Come and join us!

  • You will create a sole pattern to ensure that your sandal fits your feet.

  • Cut leather insoles and soles.

  • Strap selection and style design.

  • Strap placement / Lasting the straps onto your insoles

  • Fitting and size adjustments.

  • Adding your soles

  • Finishing touches.

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Earlier Event: May 14
Later Event: May 15