LVMH and Central Saint Martins strengthen their partnership



After a collaboration of six years, the LVMH group and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, announce a new decisive era for their partnership. A major investment by LVMH will intensify the scholarship programs and fund a groundbreaking sustainability and innovation programme. Its mission will be to combine imaginative ideas and creativity with the discovery of new holistic solutions that balance the needs of people, planet and business.

This global strategic agreement between the two institutions stems from past major initiatives, taking them to a whole new level and building on shared ambitions to enable the best talents to grow and to drive innovation. The sustainability and innovation programme shares this ideal. It combines disruptive thinking and sustainable practice to question the future of creativity and the challenges that our sectors face. The programme will enable knowledge exchange between LVMH teams, CSM students and representatives, and will deepen the already solid relationship between the Group and the college.

A new CSM LVMH Director of Sustainability and Innovation will be appointed to steer the relationship and enhance on-going curriculum development to embed sustainable innovation across disciplines at Central Saint Martins. Ambitious projects will be created in collaboration with LVMH Maisons, echoing the long-term commitment of the Group to find better solutions to the many challenges the luxury industry faces.

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LVMH and Central Saint Martins have enjoyed a close relationship over many years, strengthened in 2011 with the creation of the three original Grand Prix LVMH Scholarships, and sponsorship of the LVMH Lecture Theatre, a versatile space hosting a wide range of thought provoking events and lectures. Over the years CSM LVMH collaborative projects have resulted in design proposals for a number of Maisons, including sustainability and innovation projects across all CSM disciplines.

“The LVMH group is very excited to launch this unique sustainability and innovation programme with Central Saint Martins: a step further in our support of tomorrow’s talents, reinforcing this historical partnership and the LVMH Grand Prix Scholarships.” states Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies.

Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, adds: “This exceptional commitment by LVMH to Central Saint Martins will enable the two partners to co-design a world leading programme, so allowing the talents of tomorrow to be immersed in issues of sustainability and innovation.”