Nation’s First Leather School Accepting Students in April

In What's New, Industry News by Dana Cassidy

Beatrice Amblard in her leather atelier

Beatrice Amblard in her leather atelier

San Francisco—Are you lusting for leather?

Amblard Leather Atelier, founded by former Hermes leather master artisan Beatrice Amblard, is now accepting aspiring designers and students interested in learning the traditional art of leather working for its upcoming April class.

Courses are held once a week, 8 hours a day and for 12 weeks. Divided into Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced courses, students learn the centuries-old techniques and tools still used in leather craftsmanship for fashion handbags and accessories today.

Only five students will be admitted to the April class with the school only accepting 20 students a year. Potential students must meet with Amblard for an interview (non-local applicants can interview by phone). All classes are held at Amblard’s retail boutique, April in Paris, in San Francisco. Once accredited, the Amblard Leather Atelier will be the only leather school in the nation.

In its second year, the demand to learn one-on-one with the industry expert has been extremely high.

A student during class works on her handbag design

A student during class works on her handbag design

“I know people are curious about leather work, but to receive the number of calls and interest made it all the more clear that I need to teach what I’ve learned and experienced in the last 25 years working with leather,” says Amblard.

However, she warns that prospective students must be prepared to work.

“This is not summer camp,” she says. “People who enroll are looking to improve their skills in preexisting jobs, better work placement and for entrepreneurial interest.”

Visit or call 415-750-9910 for more information about the school and to enroll in a class.



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