LVMH founded the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) to preserve and transmit its traditional savoir-faire and promote the attractiveness of careers in traditional craftsmanship and creative métiers among young generations.
Renowned throughout the world for the quality of their creations, artisans in the LVMH group Houses are the keepers of precious savoir-faire. And yet, their “métiers” are often unknown to young people. Through the IME, LVMH aims to raise awareness of its “métiers” and attract the most accomplished young people by offering them the chance to enter these professions based solely on their talent and motivation, with a view to fostering equal opportunities.
The courses available at the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence are created alongside leading educational partners: the Ecole de la Bijouterie Joaillerie (BJO Formation) for jewelry, the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (ECSCP) for fashion design, the Compagnons du Devoir and du Tour de France for leather goods, Avize Viti Campus for vine Métiers, EMASUP Paris for retail and Ecole Boulle with Great CDMA for design retail. Students follow a program which combines technical and theoretical teaching at school, experience in workshops at the various Houses in the Group, meetings with the Group’s master artisans, and master classes with designers and experts.
110 students joined the program in 2015-2016.