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Training Course

A Fashion Social Business

A Fashion Social Business

Flo aims with its course to engage women from disadvantaged background and introduce them to the world of fashion, to its rules and many unique aspects. The main objective is to give these women the courage, the self-awareness and confidence, the basic skills and notions that will allow them to create a possible future for themselves in the world of fashion. The women involved will come from various disadvantaged backgrounds such as: women with physical and mental disability, women with a past of drugs addictions, women with economical and social difficulties, women struggling to come out of sex trafficking and immigrants.

Due to the status of the beneficiaries, being able to offer an educational path tailor made for each of them, that considers their difficulties and meets their expectations, is a challenge that is worth while taking, because it could really make a huge difference to their lives.


Flo innovative training course will be held in the two Flo institutional locations: the sewing workshop and the retail store. In order to respond to the requirements of each participant, Flo, in agreement with the participant herself, will decide who is going to follow the course for sewers and who will instead follow the course for sales assistants. Since the ten candidates who will participate in the Flo innovative training course are women coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, it is essential to make sure that each activity of the course takes in consideration the beneficiaries’ fragile conditions and their learning ability, so that everybody feels comfortable and at ease in participating. The course will have some group sessions, but will mostly concentrate on each candidate’s personalised path and will be focused on their personal growth as well as on their ability to learn basic skills necessary for imagining future opportunities in the fashion world.



Flo training course will be divided into 4 phases of sessions of 4 hours each and they will focus on different topics.

Phase 1 will be group sessions dedicated to introducing and illustrating the world of fashion and the necessary personal requirements and dispositions in order to aim for a future job in this field.

Phase 2 will be as well a series of group sessions dedicated to passing on fundamental notions strictly related to the world of fashion, such as: proper terminology, textiles, production steps, machinery, sewing techniques.

Phase 3 will be personalised for each participant. Sessions will be held either in the sewing workshop, or in the retail store. There will be a specific agenda for participants according to their disposition, personal needs and capabilities.

Phase 4 will be once again a series of group sessions which will concentrate on studying the specific job market, the required level of competences necessary to match the job demand, the official courses provided by institutional channels and local training agencies and how to eventually fill an application.

The course will run between the months of January, February and March, according to the initial selection process, which will be held between November and January.



The training course will be held primarily in our atelier, Flo Manufacturing located in Via Cimabue, a 275 square metres large sewing workshop fully equipped with all kind machinery and tools necessary to provide the training course on the art of sewing.

The training will be also held in our retail store in Lungarno Corsini, 30/34R, a 85 square metres boutique in the historical centre of the city of Florence, not too far from the Ponte Vecchio. The store sells ready to wear and accessories for ladies and children and many other items which are produced by Flo Manufacturing as well as from young local designers, small local business, individuals which share the same values of our project. In the store Flo provides personalised training and job placements for future sales assistants.


Expected results and outcomes

The project expected results are of two different kinds. The first one is strictly focused on each woman and her capability to strengthen her personality and increase her self-esteem in regard to her role in the world around her. For women with disadvantaged backgrounds, this capability is often a challenge and therefore creating the right environment that facilitates the acquisition of such a fundamental awareness is a very important opportunity for them to understand and to learn. The second one is related to the opportunity that the beneficiaries have to learn basic or even advanced notions and skills that could open a future possibility to pursue a career in the fashion field and consequently officially enter the job market.

Candidates will measure themselves with the manufacturing of items in Flo’s sewing workshop, and with a sales training in the retail store, that will allow them to continue an educational path, which hopefully can result in a future job placement.


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Elisabetta Renzoni
Guia Michelagnoli
Vice President
Ali Farman
Member of the Social Cooperative
Francesca Brunori
Member of the Social Cooperative
Costanza Curradi
Member of the Social Cooperative
Maria Serena Asso
Member of the Social Cooperative
Massimo Giussani
Member of the Social Cooperative

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