The LVMH group have launched a new initiative to add to it’s already sterling reputation as Patron of the Arts. This month the group introduced L’Institut des Métiers d’Excellence‘ (IME) to help aspiring artisans from low-income areas to study and receive apprenticeships in the fields of craftsmanship and creation.
LVMH has already partnered with two Paris schools; the École de la Bijouterie-Joaillerie de Paris for jewellery and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne for a dressmaking class that specialises in soft, or “flou,” garments. Chaumet and Louis Vuitton will welcome the first selected students as part of the program this year. Approximately twenty emerging designers that have been selected for the nascent initiative will start their professional training in September in the special two-year degree courses in jewellery or dressmaking that include paid work terms at LVMH brands and additional mentoring from the LVMH group’s in-house experts.
Successful applicants for the jewellery placements are to become apprentices at Chaumet or Louis Vuitton, while those studying “flou” are assured placements at Dior, Givenchy, Kenzo or Le Bon Marché, the Left Bank department store.
Gaemperle said LVMH plans to add degree programmes for leather goods and tailoring later this year, and others specialising in visual merchandising and retail sales in 2015. “The LVMH “Institut des Métiers d’Excellence” underlines the key role of apprenticeships, supervisors and tutors in the transmission of the knowledge and development of savoir-faire. Our métiers are mastered over the long term: all employees within the Group are committed to the preservation and enrichment of its heritage, and are therefore proud to contribute to this original initiative” said Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies.
The students will be trained in an educational curriculum that combines theoretical and practical training at a school, as well as practical experience within the workshops of the Group’s Maisons. Students of the Initiative will also have the opportunity to interact with master craftsmen and designers of LVMH.
The LVMH group will also open the Fondation Louis Vuitton on the 27th of October creating a new centre in Paris for contemporary French and international artistic creation.
The Foundation will be located in a building commissioned by Bernard Arnault, and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry. Resembling a cloud of glass, the building is set in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.
The building includes exhibition galleries dedicated to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions and an auditorium for performances and events.