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Essec teams up with Chanel and LVMH for ’Savoir-Faire d’Exception Chair’

By May-Anne Oltmans


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In collaboration with the Château de Versailles, Van Cleef & Arpels, LVMH and Chanel, French business school Essec has launched the ’Savoir-Faire d’Exception Chair’: a programme dedicated to the transmission of know-how on the French luxury industry’s heritage. One of the Chair’s main purposes is to support education on these topics by organizing summer schools and creating opportunities for students to intern at one of the partner companies.

”Chanel’s commitment to the preservation of master crafts – our historical partners who hold a unique cultural and artistic heritage and who are also privileged suppliers to the fashion and luxury industry – has allowed the perpetuation and transmission of these various workshops’ exceptional know-how while also promoting development and innovation,” said Chanel President of Fashion Bruno Pavlovsky. “These skills are what contribute to the increased influence of France abroad and it is essential to continue to develop and enhance them.”

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Vice President Human Resources & Synergies, described the Chair as a great way to ensure that the heritage of French brands will not be lost. According to Gaemperle, LVMH is delighted to be able to share its knowledge with the school’s students to “bring them opportunities to learn about the exceptional savoir-faire and experience that define our ecosystem.”

Essec’s ‘Savoir-Faire d’Exception Chair’ is open to the school’s Master of Science students. Twenty students will be admitted to participate in the Chair’s curriculum each year, and topics which will be discussed include developmental strategies, management techniques and internationalization in the French luxury industry. The school has yet to announce when the new programme is set to start and how students can apply.

Savoir-Faire d’Exception Chair