Anne Marika Chasse

Senior Critic, Industrial Design

Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé is a shoemaker, designer and artisan from Switzerland and the Netherlands. For more than 10 years she has been building made-to-measure, hand-sewn footwear employing traditional techniques in her atelier in Brooklyn, NY. Fascinated by the physicality of the making process—and the challenge of combining design, math, ergonomics and artistry—she has studied all over the world with skilled master craftsmen to learn the craft.

In her new workroom, STIEFELwerk (meaning “bootwork”), she creates bespoke and custom boots—a personal favorite—as well as shoes for individual clients. Her fine arts background bleeds into her designs. Examples include bold lines, curves, handstitched details, multicolor rows of thread and leather surfaces marked by nature. In addition to teaching at RISD, she teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.