Residency Options

Leather Work Residency

If you’re interested in a comprehensive, in-depth educational experience with all things leatherworking, we’d love to have you join us for a one-of-a-kind custom designed residency program. Whether you have 5 days, 4 weeks, 3 months or anything in between, we can put together a training curriculum that immerses you in our group classes augmented by private personalized instruction while giving you access to our 2,000 square foot studio and machines. This blend of learning, opportunity to interact with 100+ years of leatherworking expertise, and the ability to put your developing skills to use as you turn your ideas into reality is unlike any experience you’ll find in the world. Shoemaking, Bag Construction, Accessories – you name it, we’ll help you learn and practice it!

Learn more about the experience from one of our residents:

To get started with creating your customized Residency, simply email info[at]chicagoschoolofshoemaking.com with a brief description of your goals.

Note: We have postponed the Leather Technician Certification program until September 2021. We hope by then we can invite students to spend 6 months in the area and attend regular sessions to complete their 240 hr certification. If you’d like more information on this program, send us an email: info[at]chicagoschoolofshoemaking.com