Melissa Needham, founder of footwear independent Black Truffle, has increased her commitment to nurturing up-and-coming talent by introducing a footwear training course.
Black Truffle - which scooped the Drapers Footwear Award for Best New Store last week - is situated on Warren Street, central London, and sells directional brands including Chie Mihara, Melissa, F-Troupe and Giallo Positano. Housed in its basement is footwear and accessories design school Prescott & Mackay, of which Needham is the principal.
The school has launched a two-day course to teach practical shoemaking as well as commercial skills to take a footwear design from the concept to saleable product. Needham will be teaching the course with footwear designers Aki Choklat and Chau Har Lee.
Called Professional Development Two-Day Footwear - Intensive Introduction, the course is open to all fashion professionals but is particularly aimed at buyers, production managers and designers in the footwear industry.
The first course runs from May 26-27, with more dates scheduled for July, September and November.
Needham, who has a buying background plus shoemaking experience, founded the training school in 1997 and set up Black Truffle in 2003.