Who we are

ABOUT US

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A New School for an Old Craft

At the Chicago School of Shoemaking & Leather Arts, we are passionate about passing on the delight and excitement of leather working and shoemaking. Shoemaking has been described in our culture as a “lost art”. But now you can find it here in Chicago. Whether you love shoes, love working with your hands, or are interested in the independence and sustainability of providing such an essential item for yourself – we welcome you at the Chicago School of Shoemaking.

Current Classes

Meet the Team

Sara McIntosh
Founder/Instructor

Deborah Janssens
Instructor

Jamie Ramsay
Instructor

Naomi Easley
Instructor

Peter Thompson
Instructor

Vanessa Arroyo
Instructor

Yohance Lacour
Instructor

Valerie Dramé
executive assistant

Steps to leather working expertise

Potential and established leather workers can find resources in techniques, supplies and skill building in our myriad of leather work classes. Check out our menu of classes and decide where you want to start! We look forward to working with you soon.

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