THE ITALIAN CONNECTION: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is extending its vocational training model to Italy through a partnership between its Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) and Italian fashion and design school Polimoda, aimed at training leather-goods artisans.
Founded in 2014, the IME program is involved in schooling more than 200 young people in areas including jewelry, dressmaking, winemaking, leather goods, culinary arts, watches, luxury retail and design together with partner institutions in France and Switzerland.
They include BJO Formation in Paris for jewelry, the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne for fashion and the Ferrandi Paris school for gastronomy. Polimoda becomes the first Italian school to join the initiative, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
The training program will receive funding from the Tuscany region, a major hub of leather-goods production. The first year will welcome 12 students, combining classes at the Polimoda Design Lab in Scandicci with courses at Palazzo Pucci, IME’s headquarters, and hands-on craftsmanship training at LVMH houses.
Chantal Gaemperle, executive vice president of human resources and synergies at LVMH, said the IME initiative played a vital role in perpetuating the skills that are essential to the success of the group’s different activities.
“I am delighted to see
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