Throughout 2016 the Maisons in the LVMH Group showed more creativity and innovation than ever. A look back at some highlights from a year of exploring new territories and preserving unique savoir-faire.
WINES & SPIRITS
Tribute to eight generations of Hennessy Master Blenders
The seventh generation of Hennessy Master Blenders from the Fillioux family, Yann Fillioux has begun transmitting his savoir-faire to his nephew, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. To symbolize this transmission from one generation to the next, Hennessy has unveiled a unique assemblage, Hennessy·8, composed of eight exceptional eaux-de-vie.
Fifth successive vintage year of Dom Pérignon
This year saw an unprecedented decision in the history of Dom Pérignon: with Dom Pérignon 2006, the Champagne house declared a vintage for the fifth consecutive year.
FASHION & LEATHER GOODS
Fendi celebrates 90th anniversary in Rome
Fendi celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016 with a spectacular event against the backdrop of the Trevi Fountain. The monument, which was restored thanks to support from the Roman house in 2015, had a transparent plexiglass runway across the pool on which models walked wearing luxury fur creations by Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Fendi Womenswear for more than 50 years.
Louis Vuitton reinvents its world of fragrances
Louis Vuitton returned to perfumes after a 70-year hiatus. Carrying on a tradition that connects with the heart of the House, the new fragrance signature is a journey that begins on bare skin. Inspired by emotions and suspended moments, the seven fragrances were created by Louis Vuitton Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.
RIMOWA joins LVMH
Renowned for its innovative, high-quality luggage, RIMOWA became the first German House to join the LVMH Group, a partnership that will preserve the founding family’s spirit of excellence. Dieter Morszeck, grandson of the founder of RIMOWA, remains at the head of the company alongside Alexandre Arnault, who has been appointed co-CEO.
PERFUMES & COSMETICS
Inauguration of Les Fontaines Parfumées
Culminating four years of meticulous heritage research and a year of renovation work, the new perfumes creative workshop for Louis Vuitton and Parfums Christian Dior was inaugurated in September. Located in Grasse, the cradle of the world perfume industry, this estate establishes a unique ecosystem where the savoir-faire of the two Maisons benefits from direct contact with growers and artisans under François Demachy and Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, Master Perfumers of Dior and Louis Vuitton, respectively.
Dior rejuvenates Château de la Colle Noire
Christian Dior’s former residence, Château de la Colle Noire, once again became the property of Maison Dior in 2013. The emblematic site in the Grasse landscape has since been completely rejuvenated, returning it to the splendor it had when Monsieur Dior lived there.
WATCHES & JEWELRY
TAG Heuer and Zenith inaugurate L’École d’Horlogerie
TAG Heuer and Zenith teamed up in November to create the LVMH École d’Horlogerie watchmaking school, which welcomed its first class of 12 apprentices. Located in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, the school works in partnership with the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence to provide an innovative training program, including apprenticeships with the two watch manufactures.
Hublot partners EURO 2016
Hublot reaffirmed its strong ties with the world of football, bringing together legends Pelé and Maradona for a once-in-a-lifetime match and signing a new partnership with UEFA EURO 2016 as official watch of the competition.
First DFS store in Europe
DFS, the world leader in luxury retailing for travelers, opened its first T-Galleria in Europe in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice. The historic building now offers a vast collection of luxury products from major luxury brands. The space becomes a new prestige international destination for shopping, at the crossroads of East and West.
Sephora Americas certified “Great Place to Work”
Following the results of an employee survey, Sephora Americas earned the label “Great Place to Work”, confirming the success of its business model. The beauty retailer counts over 16,000 employees in the United States. This certification recognizes the values shared by the great majority of the company’s people, along with opportunities for development thanks to a variety of programs in a fun and motivating atmosphere.