T-Project offers handbag courses with Italy’s most skilled pattern makers and expert technicians .

Deepen your knowledge of the production process of a luxury good, learning new techniques, equipment and the technology used to create unique leather handbags.

Invest wisely for your brand’s future: in such a competitive business, it is crucial to learn how to save time, money and resources. We encourage participants to discover how we help fashion brands develop and grow efficiently.

>New York City

upcoming course:

May 13 – 17, 2019
Leather handbag course


upcoming course:

From January 7 to February 8, 2019
From May 20 to June 21, 2019
Handbag pattern making and prototyping course

Leather handbag course

Master instructor:

Raphael Lombardo


T-Project Showroom • New York City


5 Weekdays / Monday – Friday

Mr. Raphael Lombardo will cover all basic training subjects and the pattern-making module, focusing on the processes of production of different types of handbags constructions and the materials used in each stage of the process. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in techniques, equipment, and the technology used to create different styles in handbag design. Beyond construction, creators must define their mood overarching all of their designs, and understand the different needs satisfied by great handbags, how they are used and enjoyed, what compels women to buy and love handbags – both the passion for fashion but also the solution of practical needs through your innovative designs. Through live demonstrations and practice tests, students learn how to translate original concepts into finished luxury handbags, focusing in particular on the aesthetics of the design and all the important characteristics that comprise a fine handbag. Participants also learn the strategy of a hypothetical brand (which they can create for their own bags) and the positioning in the market, assuming costs, target, price point, ideal sales channels, and more.

Course Objectives
Obtain a greater understanding of the processes of production of different types of handbag constructions. Gain deeper knowledge of the materials used in each stage of the process. Refocus one’s experience and progress in a job, that requires the ability to analyze the product thoroughly and interact with professional engineers from overseas manufacturing in sample rooms and factories.

Prior experience in the handbag industry is beneficial but not required to attend this course. Training materials are provided by T-Project. Participants will also receive complimentary swatches of leather skins, samples from our large selection, along with other useful materials for future reference. For more information, please contact:

Master Instructor

Raphael Lombardo

“In an age where everything is virtual, the expertise of leather goods remains strongly anchored to experience and tradition. Quality does not include haste and can only be achieved by using the best materials with detailed workmanship.”

Mr. Lombardo is a master shaper and technicians for handmade craftsmanship of leather bags, with many years of experience in Italy and in California. He is also a teacher at the Italian Palazzo Pucci Fashion Academy in Florence, Italy, combining his academic work with consultancy for leading Italian and international fashion brands.
His knowledge and craftsmanship mastery is not only fascinating to watch, but also a rare and special learning opportunity in this class. Get hands-on advice from Mr. Lombardo on how to avoid costly mistakes, to work smarter, with quality, efficiency, reduce wastage and to get a keen sense of the possibility in any material.