Fast Mission

VISION
  • FAST sustains the local Florentine traditions of Straw, Leather, and Knit production.
  • FAST sustains our local economy, using only local materials and resources.
  • FAST is our present and our sustainable future.
  • FAST in an integration project with the local culture.
  • FAST is supported by local green-mapped small businesses that interact and share their expertise, cultural lore, and craftsmanship with our international students.
  • FAST’s vision does NOT seek to evoke nor cling to a glorious past but unites tradition with technology for the following purpose: preserve local traditions and trade techniques while constructing a contemporary, forward-looking future for the present and coming generations who will continue to create in Florence.

MISSION
  • FAST was founded in order to bridge the widening gap between design and manual skills in fashion and accessories.
  • FAST has the objective of integrating the current cultures in Florence.
  • To offer students a hands-on experience that allows them to acquire a real knowledge of the materials and how to create fashion and
  • explore the concept of beauty based on local resources.
  • To provide a laboratory experience where the fresh eyes of students and seasoned expertise of instructors who come from the artisanal,
  • professional, and academic fields will result in exciting proposals in the fields of fashion and accessories.
  • To add a new perspective to Florence’s longstanding position in fashion design and accessories.
  • To explore and implement environmentally intelligent practices in the areas of fashion and accessories in two ways: preserving
  • the local microcosm of traditional techniques and the search for alternative approaches to the production process that produces less environmental waste and damage.

VALUES
  • Cultural and technical support from local green-mapped small businesses, which support our international students by sharing their expertise and cultural lore.
  • An international teaching staff whose backgrounds include professional and academic experiences in the fashion industry and currently practicing artisans.
  • Cutting edge and equipped lab facilities in the completely renovated historical palace Palazzo Guicciardini Strozzi where students will create hands on assignments, including a Renaissance Ballroom for fashion shows and projects.
  • A challenging and varied academic curriculum composed of lectures, workshops, and laboratories.
  • Structured programs for students who aim towards professional development and future careers in the industry.
  • Opportunities for exposure and integration in the local community through fashion projects, shows, and events.
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