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in northern Italy known for its long history of eye- wear manufacturing employs around a hundred people. The sustainably designed and eco-friendly building complete with 2,300 solar panels on its roof is the brainchild of architecture firm Designgroup Architetti Associati. The Manifattura Thélios produces about 1.5 million optical frames a year and could rapidly triple its production by expanding its brand portfolio. Thélios which is already working with Celine, Loewe, Fred, Kenzo and Berluti is looking to the future with its Manifattura, while carrying on a long-standing tradition of craftsmanship. This project combines LVMH and Marcolin s taste for top-quality products with respect for a cultural legacy essential to the region. It is a reminder of how strategically important Italy is for LVMH, and yet another example of the Group s investment in Italy s economic heritage and development.

The Manifattura Thélios, a new center of excellence

for eyewear nestled in the foothills of the Dolomites.

L O U I S V U I T T O N Coddington designs a capsule collection with catitude !

After Jeff Koons, Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton continues its collaboration with famous artists by team- ing up with Grace Coddington, former creative director of the US edition of Vogue magazine. The iconoclastic designer and animal lover has added her own special touch to a capsule collection inspired by her legendary love of cats. The collection was designed with her friend Nicolas

frames for a number of LVMH Maisons. It aims to become an emblem of quality in a rapidly trans- forming sector, driven notably by a burgeoning Asian market. Driven by this ambition, in April 2018 the company inaugurated the Manifattura Thélios, its flagship production site and center for excellence. Its com- prehensive, flexible manufacturing system ensures full control of every stage of production, from the design brief to design, prototyping and production. The site focuses on innovation and cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printers, while also empha- sizing traditional craftsmanship. The 8,000-sq.m production facility located in Longarone a town