Created in 2014 to pass on unique savoir-faire in Design, Craft and Customer Experience métiers to the next generation and people who are reskilling, the LVMH Métiers d’Excellence Institute is expanding in the United States through new programs launched by Tiffany & Co., in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design, and by Benefit Cosmetics.
To support the expansion of this initiative, the LVMH Group also announced commitments to hire apprentices in the United States as additional Maisons join the program in 2024.
“The Métiers d’Excellence program contributes to the transmission of savoir-faire to the next generation, which ensures the sustained success of the Group and our Maisons,” said Gena Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer of LVMH North America. “The United States and its pool of talented craftspeople represent an important frontier for the Group. Both our U.S. and U.S.-based Maisons continue to recruit new apprentices who will learn the métiers synonymous with our Maisons and carry forward the talents needed to build upon the Group’s longevity in the luxury industry.”
LVMH officially launched its Métiers d’Excellence program in North America last year with Tiffany & Co. in New York to train the next generation of craftspeople in jewelry design and fabrication. In addition, Tiffany & Co. recently began a new two-year program with the Rhode Island School of Design and the Rhode Island Department of Labor to provide apprentices with advanced training in high jewelry.
Benefit Cosmetics is the latest LVMH Maison participating in the Métiers d’Excellence program, hosting the Benefit Beauty Immersive program at their San Francisco headquarters to introduce high school students to Benefit’s savoir-faire in prestige beauty. This initiative supported eight apprentices from the Ruth Asawa High School of Arts in San Francisco.
LVMH also launched its Excellent! program of mentoring activities for high schools in New York City, designed to spur greater awareness of these Métiers d’Excellence among the younger generation.