Richard Siccardi was born in South Africa. He moved back to Vigevano, Italy in early age. He started as a pattern maker in a factory which manufactured products of Versace, Missoni, Max Mara, Mario Cerutti, etc. Soon afterwards, he served as a collection developer in the factory, which produced for international brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Loubotin, and many others.

After dedicating 10 years as pattern maker and collection developer, he decided to take a turn in his career by sharing his experiences as professor in Ars Sutoria, a well-known pattern making school at Milan and since then, he has approximately 1000 students all over the world.

In 2012, Sarah Flint, a New York-based designer, convinced him to be her production manager. His duty was to help Flint launch her first brand. Few months later, Flint launched her first luxury women footwear brand, which became a major success, and started to receive media exposure. In addition, she received numerous requests from high-end department stores in New York. The massive workload between brand and school spurred Richard to consider building up a team which provides stronger support. In the same year he met Shaowei and discovered their mutual vision on shoe design. Four years later, they decided to found Arise.S together.

Richard Siccardi was born in South Africa. He moved back to Vigevano, Italy in early age. He started as a pattern maker in a factory which manufactured products of Versace, Missoni, Max Mara, Mario Cerutti, etc. Soon afterwards, he served as a collection developer in the factory, which produced for international brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Loubotin, and many others.

After dedicating 10 years as pattern maker and collection developer, he decided to take a turn in his career by sharing his experiences as professor in Ars Sutoria, a well-known pattern making school at Milan and since then, he has approximately 1000 students all over the world.

In 2012, Sarah Flint, a New York-based designer, convinced him to be her production manager. His duty was to help Flint launch her first brand. Few months later, Flint launched her first luxury women footwear brand, which became a major success, and started to receive media exposure. In addition, she received numerous requests from high-end department stores in New York. The massive workload between brand and school spurred Richard to consider building up a team which provides stronger support. In the same year he met Shaowei and discovered their mutual vision on shoe design. Four years later, they decided to found Arise.S together.

Shao-Wei Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to Milan in 2010 to study the MA program of Fashion and Accessory Design in Domus Academy, and graduated with merit. From 2010 to 2012, she worked as a freelancer for various companies in design and styling. Shortly afterwards, she decided to join Ars Sutoria School team which had enlightened her passion for shoes particularly.

In school, she worked as a footwear pattern-making trainer. She hosted lectures by sharing her design experiences with international students in different occasions. At the same time, due to her background in both design and pattern-making in fashion, she received an opportunity to join Sarah Flint’s Italian production team as researcher and collection developer in 2013.

After a few years of experience in Flint’s production team, more opportunities knocked on her door. In 2017, she founded Arise.S with her best work partner for years, Richard Siccardi. Fortunately, this decision had led her to an even greater platform where she could share more knowledge with emerging designers and brands worldwide.

Shao-Wei Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to Milan in 2010 to study the MA program of Fashion and Accessory Design in Domus Academy, and graduated with merit. From 2010 to 2012, she worked as a freelancer for various companies in design and styling. Shortly afterwards, she decided to join Ars Sutoria School team which had enlightened her passion for shoes particularly.

In school, she worked as a footwear pattern-making trainer. She hosted lectures by sharing her design experiences with international students in different occasions. At the same time, due to her background in both design and pattern-making in fashion, she received an opportunity to join Sarah Flint’s Italian production team as researcher and collection developer in 2013.

After a few years of experience in Flint’s production team, more opportunities knocked on her door. In 2017, she founded Arise.S with her best work partner for years, Richard Siccardi. Fortunately, this decision had led her to an even greater platform where she could share more knowledge with emerging designers and brands worldwide.

Elena Marradi | Studio Arise.s

Elena Marradi

Elena Marradi has a decade of experience in material research, trends, and product development. Due to her solid background on textile and materials, she’s able to develop and customize a great selection of materials in different ways. She’s an expert in transforming concepts and ideas into various interesting products based on market needs and customers’ input.

Elena’s undeniable sense on analyzing and forecasting fashion trends in luxury footwear and leather goods business have set a strong foundation for Arise.S Material & Research team. Her expertise allows our team to provide technical solutions and support for the actual products, colors, trends and materials. Elena’s role in Arise.S is to help every designer and brand by creating unique products with original materials and research.

Her knowledge on materials and the strong connection with most important Italian and international suppliers offer Arise.S’ clients numerous eye-opening options.

Elena Marradi | Studio Arise.s

Elena Marradi

Elena Marradi has a decade of experience in material research, trends, and product development. Due to her solid background on textile and materials, she’s able to develop and customize a great selection of materials in different ways. She’s an expert in transforming concepts and ideas into various interesting products based on market needs and customers’ input.

Elena’s undeniable sense on analyzing and forecasting fashion trends in luxury footwear and leather goods business have set a strong foundation for Arise.S Material & Research team. Her expertise allows our team to provide technical solutions and support for the actual products, colors, trends and materials. Elena’s role in Arise.S is to help every designer and brand by creating unique products with original materials and research.

Her knowledge on materials and the strong connection with most important Italian and international suppliers offer Arise.S’ clients numerous eye-opening options.

Alessandra Bono | Studio Arise.s

Alessandra Bono

Alessandra Bono, the Office and Social Media Assistance of Arise.S. 

She takes care and coordinates all requests and administrative duties between suppliers, customers and factories. One of her important roles is managing our digital communication and social media pages in order to provide constant updates on every platform. More importantly, she is the bridge which connects Arise.S to the world by sharing our works.

Alessandra Bono | Studio Arise.s

Alessandra Bono

Alessandra Bono, the Office and Social Media Assistance of Arise.S. 

She takes care and coordinates all requests and administrative duties between suppliers, customers and factories. One of her important roles is managing our digital communication and social media pages in order to provide constant updates on every platform. More importantly, she is the bridge which connects Arise.S to the world by sharing our works.

Eleonora Aquili | Studio Arise.s

Eleonora Aquili​

Graduated in Fashion Design at the Polytechnic of Milan, Eleonora has matured many years of experience in the sneaker sector and men’s casual shoes following the entire creative process of the Levi’s brand: from defining trends to researching materials, from design to collaboration with technical teams for the development of the collection prototype. 

During these years she has developed a strong interest in eco-friendly materials and more sustainable production techniques, which she has consolidated by attending specific courses, symposiums and personal researches which allowed her to deepen her knowledge on current and innovative technologies in the production of footwear, sustainable materials and processes. 

In Arise.S she takes care of research and consultancy of eco-friendly and innovative materials and support in defining design and collections development. 

Eleonora Aquili | Studio Arise.s

Eleonora Aquili​

Graduated in Fashion Design at the Polytechnic of Milan, Eleonora has matured many years of experience in the sneaker sector and men’s casual shoes following the entire creative process of the Levi’s brand: from defining trends to researching materials, from design to collaboration with technical teams for the development of the collection prototype. 

During these years she has developed a strong interest in eco-friendly materials and more sustainable production techniques, which she has consolidated by attending specific courses, symposiums and personal researches which allowed her to deepen her knowledge on current and innovative technologies in the production of footwear, sustainable materials and processes. 

In Arise.S she takes care of research and consultancy of eco-friendly and innovative materials and support in defining design and collections development. 

Bruno Boldrini | Studio Arise.s

Bruno Boldrini

Bruno Boldrini, an expert and a role model in the footwear industry. He witnessed the golden era of Italian-made shoe production. After his retirement, he decided to pass on his knowledge to Arise.S and helped us to build up and develop a small yet well-facilitated lab where we could make small prototypes, trials and testing materials in order to anticipate, study and provide solutions to our customers. 

He’s also specialized in finding factories for Arise.S. Due to his dedication and support, we are constantly in contact with factories that could eventually produce niche products by offering an Italian-made quality with competitive production price. 

Bruno Boldrini | Studio Arise.s

Bruno Boldrini

Bruno Boldrini, an expert and a role model in the footwear industry. He witnessed the golden era of Italian-made shoe production. After his retirement, he decided to pass on his knowledge to Arise.S and helped us to build up and develop a small yet well-facilitated lab where we could make small prototypes, trials and testing materials in order to anticipate, study and provide solutions to our customers. 

He’s also specialized in finding factories for Arise.S. Due to his dedication and support, we are constantly in contact with factories that could eventually produce niche products by offering an Italian-made quality with competitive production price. 

Monica Montanari | Studio Arise.s

Monica Montanari

Monica Montanari is a creative soul. She has over a decade of experience in pattern making of bags and small leather goods. Her expertise is to mix the traditional technique of pattern-making with unconventional materials and un-expected solutions. She shares her business partnership with Arise.S by offering technical support to some of our customers who want to develop bags or small leather goods in Italy or internationally.

Thanks to her, Arise.S is able to offer our customers more options on luxury accessory design and development. 

Monica Montanari | Studio Arise.s

Monica Montanari

Monica Montanari is a creative soul. She has over a decade of experience in pattern making of bags and small leather goods. Her expertise is to mix the traditional technique of pattern-making with unconventional materials and un-expected solutions. She shares her business partnership with Arise.S by offering technical support to some of our customers who want to develop bags or small leather goods in Italy or internationally.

Thanks to her, Arise.S is able to offer our customers more options on luxury accessory design and development.