Hi Styleforum, I'm writing to you because hopefully some of you can point me in the right direction. For the past 12 years I've worked as a translator and have gotten to translate some really amazing things produced by haute couture houses and upmarket labels. The creativity and beauty of quality garments and shoes is not lost on me, and it definitely leads me to actually want to make something with my own two hands. I especially love what Saskia Wittmer is doing out of Florence as well as Hidetaka Fukaya. I realize it might be an uphill battle for me because of my gender. I love shoes and want to know how I can dip my toes in the industry. My dream is to own my own small little storefront in Florence. What do I need to do? Thanks.