LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

 

Paris, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH announces the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline with effect from February this year. He will direct all Céline collections, extending to men’s fashion, couture and fragrances.

Hedi Slimane’s talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age, will ensure a further era of exceptional growth and development for this famous Maison.

Bernard Arnault commented: “I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time.  I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison”.

Hedi Slimane said: “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers”.

Sidney Toledano added: “Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work.  I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success”.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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LVMH announces appointments to its Executive Committee

Paris, 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Group announces the following appointments to its Executive Committee:

Sidney Toledano becomes Chairman and CEO of the Fashion Group after 20 years at the helm of Christian Dior Couture. The CEOs of Céline, Givenchy, Loewe, Pucci, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Rossimoda and Nicholas Kirkwood will report into him. Sidney Toledano becomes a member of the LVMH Executive Committee.
Pietro Beccari has been appointed Chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture after heading up Fendi since 2012. He also becomes a member of the LVMH Executive Committee.

Pierre-Yves Roussel steps down as head of the Fashion Group after ten years and becomes Special Advisor to Bernard Arnault. He will shortly assume new operational responsibilities within the LVMH Executive Committee, of which he has been a member for 14 years.

Bernard Arnault commented: “Sidney Toledano is the driving force behind the huge success of Christian Dior Couture across the world. Over the past 25 years, he has done an outstanding job of developing the exceptional House of Christian Dior Couture and of promoting its elegance and modernity through its highly talented team of designers. I want to offer my profound gratitude and am delighted that we will continue to work together and benefit from his expertise.”

“The appointment of Pietro Beccari as head of Christian Dior Couture signals a new era,” added Bernard Arnault. “Having been an integral member of our Group for 12 years, Pietro has an excellent track record. After several years as Marketing Director of Louis Vuitton, he oversaw strong growth at Fendi by expertly harnessing the creativity of Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi and closely aligning it to the Roman influence of the House. He will be an excellent leader who will steer Dior towards ever greater success in the future.”

Bernard Arnault added: “I am sincerely grateful to Pierre-Yves Roussel for his excellent work. Thanks to his leadership, the Fashion Group’s various brands have achieved remarkable success over the last 10 years. In particular, he has played an instrumental role in the selection of the best creative talents and in implementing innovative strategies and high-performing teams within the different Houses.”

These appointments will take effect from the beginning of 2018.

The new CEO of Fendi will be announced in the near future.

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24 Sèvres: The all-new shopping experience for the sale of luxury products online

24 Sèvres: The all-new shopping experience for the sale of luxury products online

 

Paris, 2017-Jun-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 24 Sèvres platform is opening its doors to fashion lovers the world over. An exclusive, curated selection of over 150 luxury womenswear brands (including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Chloé and Valentino) embodying the spirit of the fashion capital, state-of-the-art virtual windows offering the most innovative and attractive online presentation on the market, standout customer service… This all-new shopping experience sets new standards for the sale of luxury products online, while at the same time reflecting the unique spirit of Le Bon Marché

Playfully referencing its iconic Paris street address, Le Bon Marché is pioneering a new online shopping experience with the launch of its 24 Sèvres digital platform. Since 1852, at 24 rue de Sèvres, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche – the world’s first department store – has elevated shopping to an art de vivre. Now, 165 years later, this very Parisian vision of fashion and beauty is available to customers the world over at 24sevres.com and via a dedicated iOS application.

“Our clients are highly sophisticated and always in search of creativity and innovation. With the launch of 24 Sèvres, we are offering them a truly differentiated online experience built on our unique expertise at Le Bon Marché in Paris,”comments Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH.

A first in fashion, Parisian stylists are available for live, one-to-one video consultations on the 24 Sèvres website, while on the 24 Sèvres iOS app, customers can chat with a stylist and browse the store at the same time. Exploring new ways to shop online, 24 Sèvres is also launching its Style Bot on Facebook Messenger.

An exceptional level of customer service, which encompasses delivery to more than 75 countries and click-and-collect at Le Bon Marché, as well as the most innovative and attractive online presentation on the market, enables customers to discover, in ideal conditions, an exclusive, curated selection of over 150 luxury womenswear brands, including Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. The entire platform is imbued with the spirit of Paris, the fashion capital of the world. “We felt it was time to take our expertise in visual merchandising, which our Maisons have long brought to their stores, and transform it online,”explains Ian Rogers, Chief Digital Officer of LVMH.

To celebrate its launch, 24 Sèvres is presenting a debut capsule collection created in collaboration with Le Bon Marché and 68 Parisian and international brands including Fendi, Givenchy and Loewe, as well as Chloe, Marni and Ferragamo. For this capsule of 77 exclusive, limited-edition pieces, each Maison has revisited one of its most iconic products. Most have invited a creative friend, a figure of the arts, cinema or music scene, or an ambassador of Parisian art de vivre, to collaborate on the personalization of one or more pieces.

The 24 Sèvres exclusive capsule will be an unmissable rendezvous for global customers on 24sevres.com and at the Paris department store.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo welcomes ten stores from LVMH Maisons

The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo welcomes ten stores from LVMH Maisons

 

Paris, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Ginza Six retail complex in Tokyo was inaugurated on April 17 at a ceremony attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tokyo Governor, Yuriko Koike and Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH. Located in the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza district, renowned for luxury shopping and a crossroads of cutting-edge innovation and Japanese tradition, Ginza Six is the largest mall in Japan. With 47,000 square meters of retail space, Ginza Six will welcome 241 stores, including ten LVMH Maisons: Dior, Céline, Fendi, Kenzo, Loewe, Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, Fred and Moynat. The Céline, Dior and Fendi stores will have façades on Chuo-dori avenue, the main shopping street in Ginza.

Ginza Six was built at the site formerly occupied by the emblematic Ginza department store Matsuzakaya. Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, known for his renovation and extension of MoMA in New York, designed the building, whose facades meld harmoniously with the surrounding urban landscape. The interior design is the work of Gwenael Nicolas, who has created numerous stores for LVMH Maisons. The building also features a 4,000-square-meter rooftop garden.

Ginza Six puts an emphasis on the arts and culture as well with a rich program directed by Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum. Artworks will be displayed inside the mall, including an installation by Yayoi Kusama for the inauguration.

In addition, Ginza Six will host a Noh theater, a traditional Japanese theater form that was placed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2008.

Ginza Six is expected to welcome 20 million visitors – both Japanese and tourists – each year.

In conjunction with the inauguration, Dior will stage a stunning haute couture show in the Ginza Six rooftop garden, attended by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director for Dior women’s collections. Exclusive menswear pieces will also be shown and available for sale to Dior customers. Fendi will host an inaugural evening inside the mall in its store, the Maison’s largest worldwide.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director

The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director

 

Paris, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director, effective May 2nd 2017.

Clare Waight Keller will take on all creative responsibilities, including Women’s and Men’s Ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as Haute Couture.

Philippe Fortunato, Chief Executive Officer of Givenchy, states: “The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family. I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our Maison’s 65 year heritage and the outstanding Savoir-Faire of its Ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

Bernard Arnault , chairman and CEO of LVMH, declares: “I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH Group. I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path. I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the Maison’s continued success.”

Clare Waight Keller states: “Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary House’s history. I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Clare Waight Keller will present her first collection for the House of GIVENCHY in October in Paris, for Spring/Summer 2018.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine: A site dedicated to performances, exhibitions, métiers d’art and craftsmanship

LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine: A site dedicated to performances, exhibitions, métiers d’art and craftsmanship

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, announced the creation of a major new cultural institution with international influence in Paris at a press conference on Wednesday. French President François Hollande attended the announcement. Located in the former Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the new center will be dedicated to artists, live performances and to the applied arts and French savoir-faire.

PARIS, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inaugurated in 1975, the former Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires (National Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions) was closed to the public in 2005 and its collections were transferred to the MUCEM museum in Marseille in 2013. The French Ministry of Culture has since stated its intention to return the use of the building to the City of Paris, which owns the property.

The City of Paris is strongly attached to this unique complex, designed by architect Jean Dubuisson, a student of Le Corbusier and winner of the Prix de Rome for architecture, and has expressed a desire to see it renovated and returned to its cultural vocation. This has been delayed due to the complexity and high costs of renovation.

A site dedicated to performances, exhibitions, métiers d’art and craftsmanship

Bernard Arnault has proposed an ambitious project in terms of both the architecture and the vocation of the building. The project centers on a revisiting of the architecture conceived by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, winner of the 1989 Pritzker Prize and the architect of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, developed in close collaboration with the heirs of Jean Dubuisson. The site will become “LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine”, dedicated to artistic creation, live performances, the applied arts and exceptional artisanal craftsmanship that have long helped define the heritage of Paris and France. This renovated and updated heritage will also be exemplary from an environmental perspective.

Program and activities designed for a broad public

Following work on the site, which is expected to take two to three years, “LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine” will be open to the public. It will host a diversified calendar of activities and events with two exhibition, concert and performance spaces, as well as artist workshops, a documentation center and a restaurant with stunning panoramic views.

The City of Paris and LVMH are also committed to the educational vocation of this new institution, which will welcome schoolchildren and youth from urban neighborhoods, providing opportunities to discover these métiers and the imperative of protecting and promoting this exceptional caliber of expertise, with support from the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH.

The project will be presented to the Paris municipal council on March 27th

The project will involve a concession granting use of public property that will be presented to a meeting of the Paris municipal council on March 27th. The 50-year concession will begin when the building opens to the public and stipulates an annual fixed fee of €150,000 to be paid by LVMH to the City of Paris, as well as a variable fee of between 2% and 10% of revenues, depending on the activities and their volume. When the concession reaches its term, the building will revert to the City of Paris.

The project must also be approved by the French Environment Ministry committee on heritage sites, conform to regulations governing the Bois de Boulogne heritage site. Subject to these approvals and after completion of work, “LA MAISON LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine” is expected to open in 2020.

Anne Hidalgo: “A powerful message to youth”

“Paris is world-renowned for its heritage, its vibrant culture and its unique expertise in the applied arts. To retain this vital position we must continue to invest, innovate and engage with the entire world. This is precisely what this new project will do, with its international resonance and support from public authorities and the LVMH Group. I am delighted that our city is attractive to private investors and that they are actively committed to its development. This is excellent news for Parisians and for everyone who loves Paris. At the same time, it sends a powerful message to young generations: artisanal craftsmanship offers tremendous potential and opportunities that we encourage them to discover and seize.”

Bernard Arnault: “Further strengthening the international appeal of Paris”

“I am delighted that the LVMH Group is contributing to this ambitious project and is helping the city of Paris further strengthen its appeal and attractiveness, both nationally and internationally, promoting the strength and diversity of our country’s culture, along with its unique artisanal excellence. This initiative creates links between the Fondation Louis Vuitton, which is dedicated to artistic creativity, the vast amusement park at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, and this exceptional site that will celebrate the vitality of craftsmanship, the arts and artistic performance. We are proud to bring the same enthusiasm and ambitious vision to this new institution.”

SOURCE: LVMH

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The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes
The Paris city awarded the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to partnership between LVMH group and Compagnie des Alpes

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Paris city council awarded on September 26th, by a large majority, the Jardin d’Acclimatation concession to an 8020 partnership between the LVMH group, which has been managing it since 1984, and Compagnie des Alpes, a major player in the field of development and management of theme parks. This new concession has been agreed for a total of 25 years, around a particularly ambitious project.

The project is based on two concepts: the first being absolute respect for the tradition, the image and the identity of the oldest attraction park in France, and one that has been enticing generations of visitors since the second Napoleonic Empire, and the second being an extensive programme to modernize and diversify its activities, to rejuvenate and embellish the landscape and to restore its heritage. This dual objective will bring a new dimension to this unique place in Paris, accelerating a transformation process which is already underway with the establishment of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Eighteen attractions will be created (9 will be free) and 26 existing attractions will be renovated.

Remaining entirely faithful to the public service mission of the park, the educational workshop programme will be developed, taking into account the role of new technologies, of proposed sporting and cultural events, often with free admission, accessibility to all and including dining facilities, redesigned to appeal to all different tastes and aspirations.

All these developments will remain faithful to the original spirit of the garden. It’s architectural heritage dating from Napoleon III’s era, one of the largest and most complete of its kind in the capital, will be enhanced, while its historic landscaping, created by landscape gardener Barillet-Deschamps will be restored. The garden staff, currently numbering 250, will remain the same or increase, and working conditions will be improved by the creation of a building which will bring together all the offices and workshops, as well as changing rooms, a canteen and common rooms under one roof.

The garden is an important part of the attractiveness of Paris and the region. With a target of 2.5 million visitors a year, it will become an important attraction for both Parisians and tourists. “The ethos of the garden is very much a reflection of LVMH values: innovative but respectful of heritage,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of the LVMH group.

The garden has partnered with the Compagnie des Alpes, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts to improve its offering. “I am delighted that the Compagnie des Alpes will be able to provide its expertise and be associated with this splendid project in which we have a shared ambition” explains Dominique Marcel, CEO of the organisation. Through this partnership LVMH, the world leader in luxury, will be able to rely on the know-how of the foremost French theme park operator.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Les Fontaines Parfumées: LVMH Group inaugurated a site dedicated to perfume creation shared by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior

Les Fontaines Parfumées: LVMH Group inaugurated a site dedicated to perfume creation shared by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior
Les Fontaines Parfumées: LVMH Group inaugurated a site dedicated to perfume creation shared by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 15 the LVMH Group inaugurated Les Fontaines Parfumées, a site dedicated to perfume creation shared by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Situated in the heart of Grasse, the cradle of the global perfume industry, this estate will bring the best of French know-how in haute parfumerie to the entire world.

Dedicated entirely to perfume creation, Les Fontaines Parfumées was inaugurated by Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, along with Maisons Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. The two LVMH houses come together for the first time in a unique ecosystem that integrates every aspect of perfume-making savoir-faire, from flowers to flacons. The Master Perfumers of the two houses – François Demachy for Christian Dior and Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud for Louis Vuitton – return to their native region, where both grew up and learned the unique skills of an expert “nose”.

In establishing their creative atelier in Grasse, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior are helping preserve the local flowers used to make perfume, ensuring exceptional fragrances while carrying on four centuries of Grasse heritage, inspired by both history and innovation. Grasse has always been synonymous with perfume excellence and is the only place in the world that brings together the singular expertise of flower growers, artisans and perfumers, who continually work together at each step in the creation of a perfume.

Nestled in a lush setting in the heart of the town, Les Fontaines Parfumées resonates with the identity of Grasse and its legacy as a hub of leather tanning that became the world’s perfume capital. The 300-hundred-year-old Bastide, which had fallen into disrepair since the 1970s, has been infused with a new life. This restoration has been anchored in authenticity, scrupulously respecting local savoir-faire, while resolutely connecting with 21st century modernity and innovation.

After four years of meticulous heritage research and a year of renovation work by local craftsmen and master artisans, Les Fontaines Parfumées has experienced a stunning renaissance. In addition to a state-of-the-art perfume laboratory and a former mill transformed into an olfactory training center, the Bastide boasts gardens with an unparalleled array of vegetation. There are over 350 different species of plants, including exceptional roses, thousands of tuberoses and 20 different kinds of mint, all potential sources of inspiration for François Demachy and Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud.

Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior have committed to long-term support for Grasse flower growers thanks to exclusive partnership agreements. Les Fontaines Parfumées will also be dedicated to passing on time-honored skills as the Master Perfumers welcome apprentices and train them.

“The inauguration of Les Fontaines Parfumées reflects our commitment to perpetuating our unique savoir-faire. By establishing this new maison dedicated to perfume in Grasse, LVMH is once again helping preserve and transmit exceptional skills, enabling them to resonate from their native regions,” said Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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LVMH implements EUR 5 million internal carbon fund

PARIS, 2015-11-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time in its history LVMH announces the implementation of an internal carbon fund which is already estimated at over 5 million euros. The fund will be financed by contributions from each Maison, calculated using the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their activities, specifically in terms of  energy consumption in their production sites and stores. Examples of the projects that will be financed by this fund are investments in energy consumption reduction equipment (LED and cooling equipment) or the production of renewable energy on an international scale.

“The most beautiful materials  used in viticulture and oenology , the creation of perfumes and cosmetics, fashion and leather goods and jewellery which are the heart of our business, are all provided by nature. Environmental performance has been integrated into the growth strategy of all our Maisons in the same way as quality, innovation and creativity. Today respect for the environment is not only an imperative, it is also a lever that drives progress.”, commented Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH.

The Maisons will each contribute 15/euros per tonne which is standard current practice. The price will be reviewed each year. The carbon fund will take effect in 2016.

The LVMH carbon fund is an additional step in the implementation of the LIFE programme (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) which the Group created in 2013 in order to integrate the environment into the management processes of each Maison. It fits within all of the Group’s activities in relation to COP21, with which LVMH is one of the partners.

About LVMH
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Fashion and Leather Goods by a portfolio of brands that includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood and Loro Piana. Its Wines and Spirits division includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Wenjun, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton et Numanthia. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Parfums Kenzo, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh). LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, la Samaritaine and Royal Van Lent. LVMH’s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited the second class of students in the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program on October 27th to a ceremony marking the start of the 2015 school year. The 100 new students joining the IME this year were welcomed by LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault. Highlights from the inauguration.

The IME vocational training program was launched in July 2014, offering degree courses that allow students to combine training at prestigious schools – including the Ecole de la Bijouterie Joaillerie de Paris jewelry school, the Ecole Boulle and the Maison des Compagnons du Devoir – with professional experience in the workshops of LVMH Houses. Training covers a variety of areas such as “couture flou” (draping, or “soft” couture), retail sales and winemaking. The objective is to train the talented artisans of tomorrow.

Speaking at the ceremony, LVMH Group Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Synergies Chantal Gaemperle underlined why LVMH has always attached great importance to transmitting savoir-faire to new generations: “The expert gestures of people who work with leather, jewelry, couture gowns or grapevines can only be passed on from artisan to artisan. Each gesture must be absolutely perfect.”

Bernard Arnault had words of encouragement for the new IME students: “You need to be optimistic, persevering, and even a bit stubborn.” After talking about the Group’s values, he reminded them of the fundamental raison-d’être of LVMH and its people: “We are there to sell dreams and spark desire.”  This vision will certainly provide inspiration to the students as they embark on this uniquely rich educational experience.

IME courses in artisanal, creative and retail métiers:

  • Vocational high school degree in jewelry arts and techniques
  • Vocational high school degree in “Couture Tailleur” (draping, or “soft” couture)
  • Vocational high school degree in leather goods
  • Vocational baccalaureate in winegrowing
  • Client Advisor
  • Degree in Design, Communication, Space, Volume

SOURCE: LVMH

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

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