EllesVMH Accelerator Day: LVMH advances with initiatives to achieve “50/50 by 2020” goal

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, members of the LVMH Executive Committee and more than 300 Group managers came together on March 13th at LVMH headquarters in Paris. The agenda for the day included conferences, panel discussions, networking and coaching sessions, providing an opportunity to reaffirm our goal of achieving gender parity in key positions by 2020 by accelerating the career development of women within the Group.

The EllesVMH program was launched in 2007 to foster diversity at all positions and at all levels of LVMH and its Maisons. The program has led to excellent results, since LVMH currently counts 42% women in top management positions, compared with just 23% in 2007. This encouraging progress puts the Group on track to meet its commitment of strict gender parity in these key positions by 2020.

To sustain this momentum and encourage everyone to advance further, the Group invited its top managers – members of the Executive Committee, CEOs and Human Resources Directors of the Maisons – to join more than 300 managers for EllesVMH Accelerator Day on Wednesday, March 13th in Paris. The agenda was divided into two parts.

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During the morning, members of the LVMH Executive Committee and numerous CEOs and HR Directors of the Maisons met with  Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies, and Roula Rozakeas, Senior Vice President Human Resources Asia Pacific, to discuss results to date and what remains to be done to achieve the objective of 50% women in top management positions by 2020.

In the afternoon a larger group of LVMH managers, both women and men, came together around the theme “Celebrate and Empower LVMH Women”. They took part in discussions guided by inspiring leaders, coaching sessions and networking to share best practices.

LVMH PRIZE for Young Fashion designers – LVMH reveals the list of the 20 designers shortlisted for the semi-final held on March 1st and 2nd, 2019

The new edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers has confirmed its success, with, this year, over 1,700 applicants, a record!


Since it was launched in 2014, the Prize has been considered a true enabler for young talent from all over the world and has met with tremendous success internationally. It has confirmed its wide appeal with applications from more than 100 countries, spread on all continents.

After the closing of applications on February 4th, 20 designers were shortlisted for the semi final by the Prize selection committee, headed by Delphine Arnault.

Once more, fashion designers from all over the world were inspired to compete in the Prize. For the sixth edition, the selection includes 20 young designers from 15 countries : Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. They will all be present in the Paris showroom, at the LVMH headquarters, on March 1st and 2nd, to showcase their collections. This year, the collections were a balanced mix between womenswear, menswear and unisex collections. Sustainable and ethical fashion is also making a stand, with several designers integrating this approach into their brand identity. Furthermore, some of the semi-finalists are involved in the field of innovation, both in terms of the materials and the techniques they use. This is an accurate reflection of the current concerns of the fashion sector, which are also those of the LVMH Group.

With this Prize, LVMH confirms its ongoing commitment to supporting young fashion design and places the spotlight on tomorrow’s talent.

Among the 20 fashion designers shortlisted for semi-final of the sixth edition of the LVMH Prize, 8 create womenswear, 7 menswear and 5 gender-neutral collections.

In order to select the 8 finalists, the shortlisted designers will now be invited to present their collections to the 63 international fashion experts during the showroom of the Prize held on March 1st and 2nd in Paris 22 avenue Montaigne – Paris 8th.

On the occasion of its sixth edition, the LVMH Prize is delighted to welcome Chiara Ferragni as Ambassador of the Prize semi-final.

The LVMH Prize will then be awarded by the Jury in June at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

On the occasion of the 2019 edition of the LVMH Prize, the 24 Sèvres website will support the project and commercialize a selection of pieces designed by the 8 finalists, in addition to the collection of the winner in September. The purpose of this commitment is to internationally promote the creations of young designers from all over the world.

Each year, The LVMH Prize rewards a young fashion designer, selected for his or her talent and outstanding creativity. In addition to a 300,000-euro grant, the LVMH group supports the winner during a one-year mentorship provided by a dedicated LVMH team, in numerous fields of expertise (copyright, sourcing, production and distribution, image and communication, marketing…).

Last but not least, the Prize for Young Fashion Graduates distinguishes three young graduates with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to join one of the Houses of the group for one year. Applications remain open until May 15, 2019 on the lvmhprize.com website.

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LIST OF THE 20 SHORTLISTED DESIGNERS

 

3.PARADIS by Emeric Tchatchoua (French designer, based in Montreal). Menswear, showing in Paris.

ANREALAGE by Kunihiko Morinaga (Japanese designer, based in Tokyo). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

BETHANY WILLIAMS by Bethany Williams (British designer, based in London). Gender-neutral fashion, showing in London.

BODE by Emily Adams Bode (American designer, based in New York). Menswear, showing in New York.

BORAMY VIGUIER by Boramy Viguier (French designer, based in Paris). Menswear, showing in Paris.

DURAN LANTINK by Duran Lantink (Dutch designer, based in Amsterdam). Gender-neutral fashion, showing in London.

EFTYCHIA by Eftychia Karamolegkou (Greek designer, based in London). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

GERMANIER by Kévin Germanier (Swiss designer, based in Paris). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

HED MAYNER by Hed Mayner (Israeli designer, based in Tel Aviv). Gender-neutral fashion, showing in Paris.

HU by Caroline Hu (Chinese designer, based in New York). Womenswear, showing in New York.

KANGHYUK by Kanghyuk Choi and Sanglak Shon (South Korean designers, based in Seoul). Menswear, showing in Paris.

KIKO KOSTADINOV by Kiko Kostadinov (Bulgarian designer, based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

KENNETH IZE by Kenneth Izedonmwen (Nigerian designer, based in Lagos). Gender-neutral fashion, showing in Lagos.

LECAVALIER by Marie-Eve Lecavalier (Canadian designer, based in Montreal). Womenswear, showing in Paris.

PARIA/FARZANEH by Paria Farzaneh (British designer, based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

PHIPPS by Spencer Phipps (American designer, based in Paris). Gender-neutral fashion, showing in Paris.

RICHARD MALONE by Richard Malone (Irish designer, based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.

STEFAN COOKE by Stefan Cooke & Jake Burt (British designers, based in London). Menswear, showing in London.

SUSAN FANG by Susan Fang (Chinese designer, based in London). Womenswear, showing in Shanghai.

THEBE MAGUGU by Thebe Magugu (South African designer, based in Johannesburg). Womenswear, showing in Johannesburg.

TIMELINE OF THE 2019 LVMH PRIZE FOR YOUNG FASHION DESIGNERS

Online applications for young fashion designers: from December 15, 2018 until February 4, 2019

Semi-final and selection by the experts of the eight finalists: March 1st and 2nd, 2019

Online applications for young fashion graduates: from December 15, 2018 until May 15, 2019

Final and announcement of the winners of the Prize: June 2019

PANEL OF EXPERTS OF THE 2019 PRIZE

Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris (Paris)

Rami Atallah, Cofounder and CEO of the fashion platform Ssense (Montreal)

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Business of Fashion (London)

Sarah Andelman, Founder of Just an Idea (Paris)

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US (New York)

Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron & Baron (New York)

Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large for The Business of Fashion (London)

Derek Blasberg, Head of Fashion and Beauty partnerships for YouTube (New York)

Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)

Frédéric Bodenes, Art Director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Paris)

Carmen Busquets, Investor in BoF, Farfetch, Net-à-Porter, Lyst, Moda Operandi (Caracas)

Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion of Parsons School of Design (New York)

Naomi Campbell, Top model and Philanthropist (New York)

Marie Chaix, Fashion editor at Double magazine (New York)

Anne-Sophie von Claer, Deputy Editorial director of Le Figaro (Paris)

Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)

Godfrey Deeny, International Editor in Chief of Fashion Network (Paris)

Babeth Djian, Editor-in-Chief of Numéro (Paris)

Edward Enninful Obe, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue (London)

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice-President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)

Chiara Ferragni, Digital entrepreneur and President and CEO of Tbs Crew (Milan)

Angelo Flaccavento, Fashion journalist (Ragusa)

Hans de Foer, Director of the Postgraduate Fashion Program at the Institut Français de la Mode (Paris)

Jo-Ann Furniss, Journalist and Creative Director (London)

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)

Stephen Gan, Editor-in-chief of V magazine and V man and creative director of Elle USA (New York)

Michel Gaubert, Sound Designer (Paris)

Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)

Ikram Goldman, Founder of ikram (Chicago)

Elizabeth Von Guttman, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (Paris)

Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)

Amanda Harlech, Creative consultant (London)

Ashley Heath, Editorial director at Pop and Arena Homme+ (London)

Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and Chief Executive of The Webster (Miami)

Adrian Joffe, Chief Executive Officer of Dover Street Market International (London)

Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)

Karlie Kloss, Top Model and Philanthropist (New York)

Joerg Koch, Editor-in-chief of 032c (Berlin)

Suzanne Koller, Fashion director of M Le Monde magazine (Paris)

Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)

Susie Lau, Founder of StyleBubble.com and journalist (London)

Linda Loppa, Adviser Strategy & Vision at Polimoda Paris Platform (Paris)

Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)

Kevin Ma, Founder and CEO of the Hypebeast (New York)

Sara Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue and Head of Vogue Talents (Milan)

Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor (Paris and New York)

Virginie Mouzat, Fashion Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair France (Paris)

Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor of Vogue US (London)

Hidetoshi Nakata, Former International Football player and fashion icon (Tokyo)

Alexia Niedzielski, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (London)

Ezra Petronio, Editor-in-chief of Self Service (Paris)

Fabio Piras, Course Director of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London)

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup (Antwerp)

Loïc Prigent, Filmmaker (Paris)

Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of Repossi (Paris)

Carine Roitfeld, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book and Global Fashion Director of Harper’s Bazaar (Paris)

Marie-Amélie Sauvé, Stylist and Editor of Mastermind (Paris)

Anne-Florence Schmitt, Director of Madame Figaro (Paris)

Aimee Song, Influencer and founder of Song of Style (New York)

Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)

Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine (New York)

Aizel Trudel, Founder of the fashion platform Aizel (Moscow)

Natalia Vodianova, Top Model and Philanthropist (Paris)

2014 – 2018: THE LVMH PRIZE WINNERS

2018   Doublet & Rokh (Special Prize)

2017   Marine Serre & Kozaburo (Special Prize)

2016   Grace Wales Bonner & Vejas (Special Prize)

2015   Marques’Almeida & Jacquemus (Special Prize)

2014   Thomas Tait & Hood by Air (Special Prize) & Miuniku (Special Prize)

 

LVMH welcomes the second season of startups at its La Maison des Startups incubator at Station F

LVMH is pleased to announce the second season of startups at its Maison des Startups incubator at Station F. While 13 startups from Season 1 continue their successful collaboration with the Group and its Maisons, the accelerator program welcomes 13 new promising enterprises, mostly identified through the LVMH Innovation Award. La Maison des Startups drives business acceleration between LVMH’s Maisons and startups to invent innovative new products and services for the luxury market, and constitutes an important pillar in the Group’s broader program fostering innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.

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The second promotion of La Maison des Startups will host 26 young enterprises at the Station F startup campus. Out of these 26 startups, 13 already joined the accelerator program’s first season and will thus continue to deepen their successful collaborations with LVMH’s Maisons (Moët Hennessy, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Sephora etc.). The remaining 13 spots will be allocated to startups sourced by LVMH in the context of its annual LVMH Innovation Award during Viva Technology, which allowed the Group to welcome more than 100 startups since 2016 in its Luxury Lab at the heart of the event. What is more, several LVMH employees, whose projects won awards during different editions of DARE (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) – an LVMH initiative dedicated to intrapreneurship within the Group – will join Season 2 to launch their projects.

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La Maison des Startups lets entrepreneurs benefit from personalized support from LVMH group experts in a unique workspace and environment that inspire innovation. Workshops allow the entrepreneurs to familiarize themselves with challenges facing the luxury industry, and regularly organized pitch sessions let them present the evolution of their solutions to representatives of LVMH Maisons. This program is complemented by networking sessions.

With its second season, the accelerator program aims to support the Group’s current key issues such as the durability of raw materials, the reinvention of the omnichannel customer experience through the use of Artificial Intelligence, data, and ever-improving CRM systems, as well as innovative ways of delivering content through Artificial and Virtual Reality.

Thanks to La Maison des Startups’ hands-on program, most of the young firms now work on concrete solutions in collaboration with LVMH’s Maisons. Orbis, a startup revolutionizing companies’ communication through holograms, joined the program’s first season and has since launched its first international deployment with Zenith. Other projects with LVMH Maisons such as Guerlain and Kenzo Parfums followed.

Another success story of a startup, who parlayed its incubation at La Maison des Startups into a buzzing business, is Kronos Care. The company helps retailers offer the best post-purchase online experience to boost loyalty and was one of the winners of the LVMH Innovation Award 2018. Recently, Kronos Care was purchased by Narvar, a major player in online client engagement and an LVMH Innovation Award participant in 2016.

La Maison des Startups, distinctive in its multi-sector approach, plays an integral role in a broad ecosystem providing active support for young enterprises. Beyond the Group’s incubator at Station F, the LVMH Innovation Award, and DARE, LVMH’s commitment to innovation is far reaching and includes the support of initiatives such as the Kaggle Days, a 2-day international event dedicated to the exchange of knowledge between data scientist, to which three of the Group’s Maisons (Christian Dior Couture, Louis Vuitton, Sephora) recently contributed with workshops and brainstorming sessions.

 

 

LVMH sponsors second edition of Kaggle Days with Dior, Louis Vuitton and Sephora

The LVMH Group and partner Maisons Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Sephora sponsored the 2019 edition of Kaggle Days on January 25-26, an international event for people with a passion for data science. Organized in Paris at Station F – the world’s largest startup incubator – Kaggle Days unfolded in two stages: presentations, workshops and brainstorming presentations on day one were followed by a 24-hour hackathon during which participants displayed their skills.

The first edition of Kaggle Days in Warsaw last May drew over 100 participants from 30 countries. LVMH was a sponsor of the second edition of this international event, which took place at Station F on January 25-26, underlining the Group’s active engagement with the digital transformation.

Inaugurated in June 2017, Station F is the largest startup incubator in the world. Located in the southeast part of Paris, the building constitutes a vast 34,000-square-meter campus. The LVMH program has 89 workstations in the heart of this entrepreneurial ecosystem where each year it welcomes 50 international startups in two six-month sessions. The first cohort began in November 2017.

 

During the first day of Kaggle Days, leading data scientists gave presentations and hosted workshops and brainstorming sessions. They included data specialists from three LVMH Group Maisons. Christian Dior hosted a session on the theme of analyzing customers with information from just a single transaction, while Louis Vuitton spotlighted the role of human expertise and artificial intelligence in the luxury industry. Sephora’s topic was building competitive advance with discount personalization.

Participants then pitted their skills against one another during a unique hackathon competition. Louis Vuitton took part alongside the rest of the data science community to showcase the best solutions produced by data scienists to address the challenges facing companies and users.

LVMH announces the timeline of the Prize and the composition of the panel of experts

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will take place for the 6th year running. On the occasion of the 2019 edition, new experts will appraise and choose candidates from all over the world. Applications – which opened on December 17 – may be submitted online at www.lvmhprize.com until February 4.

1/ The semi-final of the Prize will take place on Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2019.

The panel of experts will select eight finalists among the candidates. This year, the panel will consist of 62 internationally renowned fashion industry specialists, including 16 new additions:

Rami Atallah, founder of the fashion platform Ssense; Naomi Campbell, top Model and philanthropist; Marie Chaix, fashion director at Double Magazine; Edward Enninful Obe, editor-in-chief of British Vogue; Chiara Ferragni, digital entrepreneur and CEO of Tbs Crew; Angelo Flaccavento, fashion journalist; Ashley Heath, editorial director at Pop and Arena Homme+; Joerg Koch, editor-in-chief of 032c; Suzanne Koller, fashion director of M Le Monde magazine; Kevin Ma, founder and CEO of the Hypebeast; Ezra Petronio, editor-in-chief of Self Service; Loïc Prigent, filmmaker; Aimee Song, founder of Song of Style; Aizel Trudel, founder of the fashion platform Aizel; Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski, founders of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech.

Those 16 fashion experts will join the 46 experts already involved in the past editions: fashion professionals, photographers, journalists, buyers and supermodels, including Karlie Kloss, Carine Roitfeld, Suzy Menkes, Sarah Andelman, Angelica Cheung, Peter Philips, and Carla Sozzani among others (list below).

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2/ The final of the Prize will take place next June at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Delphine Arnault states: “This year, I am delighted to welcome 16 new members to our panel of experts. They will join the already prestigious list of fashion professionals who I wish to warmly thank for their support and their loyalty to young fashion designers.

These new experts embody the novel diversity towards which fashion and creation have veered over the last few years. I am certain these new experts involved in the fields of image, film, press but also at the helm of digital platforms or independent magazines, will be able to skillfully spot the talent of our future candidates.

Since it was launched in 2014 by LVMH, the Prize has truly nurtured young fashion designers from all over the world and it instantly met with tremendous success internationally. It has become a landmark in the fashion business and, from its inception, the Prize has seen over 6,500 applications and welcomed over 35 different nationalities and 130 designers to its semi-finals. Furthermore, over 5 years, the Prize has distinguished 11 winners among the most talented of their generation. It is the responsibility of the LVMH group, as the leader of its industry, to honor and support tomorrow’s talents and to help them assert themselves and grow. The finalists of the 2019 edition will present their designs to the members of an outstanding jury, whose composition I will be pleased to announce together with the short-list of the semi-finalists”.

Each year, the LVMH Prize rewards a young fashion designer, selected for his or her talent and outstanding creativity. In addition to a 300,000-euro grant, the LVMH group provides the winner with a one-year mentorship by a dedicated LVMH team, and offers support in many areas of expertise (copyright, sourcing, production and distribution, image and communication, marketing, etc.).

Furthermore, the LVMH Prize honors young fashion school graduates who have completed their fashion course. Each year, it distinguishes three young graduates by providing them with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to join the creative team of one of the Houses of the group for one year.

PANEL OF EXPERTS OF THE 2019 PRIZE

Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris (Paris)

Rami Atallah, founder of the fashion platform Ssense (Montreal)

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Business of Fashion (London)

Sarah Andelman, Founder of Just an Idea (Paris)

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US (New York)

Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron & Baron (New York)

Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large for The Business of Fashion (London)

Derek Blasberg, Head of Fashion and Beauty partnerships for YouTube (New York)

Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)

Frédéric Bodenes, Art Director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Paris)

Carmen Busquets, Investor in BoF, Farfetch, Net-à-Porter, Lyst, Moda Operandi (Caracas)

Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion of Parsons School of Design (New York)

Naomi Campbell, Top Model and philanthropist (New York)

Marie Chaix, Fashion director at Double magazine (New York)

Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)

Godfrey Deeny, International Editor in Chief of Fashion Network (Paris)

Babeth Djian, Editor-in-Chief of Numéro (Paris)

Edward Enninful Obe, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue (London)

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice-President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)

Chiara Ferragni, Digital entrepreneur and CEO of Tbs Crew Srl (Milan)

Angelo Flaccavento, Fashion journalist (Ragusa)

Hans de Foer, Director of the Postgraduate Fashion Program at the Institut Français de la Mode (Paris)

Jo-Ann Furniss, Journalist and Creative Director (London)

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)

Stephen Gan, Founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York)

Michel Gaubert, Sound Designer (Paris)

Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)

Ikram Goldman, Founder of ikram (Chicago)

Elizabeth von Guttman, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (Paris)

Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)

Amanda Harlech, Creative consultant (London)

Ashley Heath, Editorial director at Pop and Arena Homme+ (London)

Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and Chief Executive of The Webster (Miami)

Joerg Koch, Editor-in-chief of 032c (Berlin)

Suzanne Koller, Fashion director of M Le Monde magazine (Paris)

Adrian Joffe, Chief Executive Officer of Dover Street Market International (London)

Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)

Karlie Kloss, Top Model and philanthropist (New York)

Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)

Susie Lau, Founder of StyleBubble.com and journalist (New York)

Linda Loppa, Adviser Strategy & Vision at Polimoda Paris Platform (Paris)

Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)

Kevin Ma, founder and CEO of the Hypebeast (New-York)

Sara Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue and Head of Vogue Talents (Milan)

Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor (Paris and New York)

Virginie Mouzat, Fashion Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair France (Paris)

Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor of Vogue US (London)

Hidetoshi Nakata, Former International Football player and fashion icon (Tokyo)

Alexia Niedzielski, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (London)

Ezra Petronio, editor-in-chief of Self Service (Paris)

Fabio Piras, Course Director of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London)

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup (Antwerp)

Loïc Prigent, filmmaker (Paris)

Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of Repossi (Paris)

Carine Roitfeld, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book and Global Fashion Director of Harper’s

Bazaar (Paris)

Marie-Amélie Sauvé, Stylist and Editor of Mastermind (Paris)

Anne-Florence Schmitt, Director of Madame Figaro (Paris)

Aimee Song, founder of Song of Style (New-York)

Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)

Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine (New York)

Aizel Trudel, founder of the fashion platform Aizel (Moscow)

Natalia Vodianova, Top Model and philanthropist (Paris)

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Calling all startups! Compete for the 3rd LVMH Innovation Award and win a spot with us at Viva Technology 2019!

Calling all startups! Only one month left to apply for the third LVMH Innovation Award and a chance to win a spot in the LVMH Lab during the Viva Technology show in Paris next May 16-18. Don’t wait. Show us what you got!

Open to all startups from France and other countries, the LVMH Innovation Award is back ahead of Viva Technology 2019. The LVMH Group will once again be at the heart of the event as a Platinum Partner. The thirty startups selected as finalists for the LVMH Innovation Award will also have a chance to present their vision of the customer experience of tomorrow at the world’s premier rendezvous for innovation, joining LVMH Maisons in the Luxury Lab LVMH.

LVMH Innovation Award 2019 - Kronos Care (2018 edition finalist)

After three days of pitch sessions and decisive exchanges, the startup with the most compelling solution will join the 2017 and 2018 winners and finalists of this unique competition conceived to spark exciting new ideas and drive the growth of startups: Heuritech (deep learning), Oyst (solution e-commerce), VeChain (block chain) and Kronos Care (post-purchase solution). The winner will receive a year of personalized support from the LVMH Group at the Station F incubator to drive its growth.

If your startup was created less than ten years ago, has fewer than 100 employees and proposes a solution that addresses the challenge of “Crafting the customer experience of tomorrow”, visit the LVMH Innovation Award website to apply: https://challenges.vivatechnology.com/en/challenges/lvmh.

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2019! 

LVMH Innovation Award 2019 - VeChain (2018 edition finalist)

2018 highlights: a year of leadership and entrepreneurial spirit at LVMH

From the launch of the LVMH Maison des Startups at Station F – the world’s biggest incubator – to the third edition of Viva Technology, LVMH and its Maisons put leadership and entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of their growth throughout 2018. Join us for a look at some of the year’s highlights.

Launch of the LVMH Maison des Startups at Station F

Inspired by a continual quest for excellence, LVMH reaffirmed its intention to remain on the cusp of innovation in 2018 with the launch of an accelerator program at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus. The Maison des Startups LVMH accelerates collaboration between entrepreneurs and the Group’s Maisons as they work together to invent the future of luxury with a cross-sector mindset. With 89 workstations and 220 square meters of space, the LVMH Maison des Startups LVMH welcomes 50 international startups each year whose solutions are relevant to the challenges of LVMH and its Maisons. The majority of the startups now in the program were identified at Viva Technology, especially after competing in the second edition of the LVMH Innovation Award.

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Third edition of the LVMH Innovation Award during Viva Technology 2018

Through the LVMH Innovation Award, the Group shares its vision of leadership by supporting promising young companies. In 2018, the Viva Technology fair welcomed the third edition of this prize aimed at sharpening innovation within the luxury industry. With over 100,000 visitors avid to discover the latest innovations from 9,000 startups and hundreds of major businesses participating – including LVMH and 22 of its Maisons – the third edition of Viva Technology was a huge success. The LVMH Luxury Lab was packed throughout this three-day event at the heart of the digital transformation. In addition to welcoming French president Emmanuel Macron, it hosted conferences presenting the latest innovations from LVMH Maisons, as well as pitch sessions by the 30 startups shortlisted for the LVMH Innovation Award, won by French startup Oyst. For this third edition of Viva Technology, LVMH was the 12th most frequently mentioned name among those present thanks to the massive mobilization of its teams. LVMH climbed to No. 5 in the ranking of the show’s most influential partners.

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DARE LVMH

Launched in 2017, DARE LVMH (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) gives the Group’s co-workers the opportunity to express their vision of innovation and to turn it into concrete projects. Built on the success of its first two editions, the program had three highlights in 2018. In early March the initiative took a 100% feminine trip to Italy with DARE EllesVMH, applying open innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to ways to improve gender balance within the LVMH Group. In June, the program further expanded its international scope by choosing Shanghai – China’s luxury capital – as the venue to focus the collective intelligence of LVMH talents on reinventing the future of luxury. The event showcased the creativity of 60 Group managers from the Asia-Pacific region. And in early October, DARE LVMH headed to New York, where 12 teams of North American managers spent three days transforming their forward-thinking ideas into business plans to reinvent the future of luxury.

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LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers 2019 – Call for applications

The applications for the 6th LVMH Prize will open on Monday, December 17, 2018.

Applications must be submitted exclusively on the Prize website LVMHPRIZE.COM

The application closing date is set for Monday February 4, 2019.

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is open to all designers under 40 who have produced at least two womenswear, menswear or unisex collections.

Since it was launched in 2014 by the LVMH group, the Prize has truly benefited young fashion designers and is aimed at young designers from all over the world. Over the course of the five previous editions, it has demonstrated its commitment to discovering, supporting and nurturing young promising talents.

The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will receive 300,000 euro and enjoy a one-year mentorship provided by a dedicated LVMH team, in all the fields of expertise involved in developing a brand.

Moreover, the Prize honours three young graduates who have completed a course in a fashion school by giving them the opportunity to join the creative team at one of the Houses of the group for one year, as well as a 10,000 euro grant.

Selected among 1,300 candidates hailing from 90 countries, the 20 semi-finalists of the fifth edition were invited to Paris during Fashion Week. The 2018 Prize was awarded to Japanese designer Masayuki Ino for his brand Doublet, while Rok Hwang from South Korea, was awarded the Special Prize for his brand Rokh.

Additional information regarding the sixth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will follow early January, including the members of the jury, the panel of international experts from the fashion industry who will select the finalists of the 2019 LVMH Prize, the schedule of the Prize and the communication themes.

FORMER WINNERS

Doublet (Winner 2018)

Rokh (Special Prize 2018)

Marine Serre (Winner 2017)

Kozaburo Akasaka (Special Prize 2017)

Grace Wales Bonner (Winner 2016)

Vejas (Special Prize 2016)

Marques’Almeida (Winner 2015)

Jacquemus (Special Prize 2015)

Thomas Tait (Winner 2014)

Hood by Air (Special Prize 2014)

Miuniku (Special Prize 2014)

 

LVMH CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF PROMOTING YOUNG FASHION DESIGNERS

Over the 25 years since the foundation of LVMH, the Maisons in the Group have all been inspired by a passion for creativity and innovation while nourishing an exceptional heritage rooted in time honored know-how. As Bernard Arnault explains: “Innovation is more powerful when it springs from a preserved heritage.”

In métiers as diverse as fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather goods, winemaking or watches, LVMH brands and designers stand apart in their quest for excellence, and their unique passion for innovation, invention and creativity.

Because both its roots and future are intimately linked to creativity, LVMH and its brands have always actively nourished creative talent. Creativity is one of the Group’s core values, guiding all its teams, from designers to noses to cellar masters. This engagement inspires all LVMH houses to actively support creativity in every form. For that reason, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for contemporary art opened to the public in October 2014 in a sumptuous building created by Frank Gehry, adding to LVMH’s lasting sponsorship of the arts.

Motivated by this “passion for creativity”, LVMH has for many years supported the world of fashion globally through corporate philanthropic initiatives (which will continue following the launch of the new LVMH Prize), including:

  • the ANDAM Fashion Awards (Association Nationale de Développement des Arts de la Mode)
  • the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
  • Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London
  • the investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

This same passion has led the LVMH Group to launch the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This initiative helps drive the momentum and emergence of fresh talent that is essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem, a role that is perfectly in phase with the responsibilities of the world leader in luxury.

Veuve Clicquot presents Business Woman Award to Nathalie Balla and New Generation (Prix Clémentine) Award to Shanty Baehrel

Veuve Clicquot presented the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award to Nathalie Balla, co-President of La Redoute and Relais Colis, and the Prix Clémentine “New Generation” Award to Shanty Baehrel, founder of Shanty Biscuits. The ceremony on November 15th was held at the Automobile Club de France in Paris, attended by numerous prominent business leaders and previous award winners.

Madame Clicquot challenged codes and customs when she took the reins of the Maison in 1805 following the untimely death of her husband. She initiated a host of innovations that marked the world of champagne, including the riddling table and the production of the first known blended rosé champagne, which fetes its bicentennial this year. To pay tribute to her legacy, for its bicentennial in 1972 the Maison created the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. Each year this trailblazing award honors exceptional women who are business leaders recognized for their success. In 2014 the Maison created the Prix Clémentine, named after Madame Clicquot’s daughter, to recognize women Veuve Clicquot sees as emblematic of the next generation of remarkable businesswomen.

This year’s Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award went to Nathalie Balla, co-President of La Redoute and Relais Colis since 2014, after previously serving as CEO. She has strong ties to the company and played a key role in relaunching it in 2014 alongside management and employees. Since then the company has swung back to dynamic growth momentum.

Shanty Baehrel, winner of the Prix Clémentine, is the founder of her eponymous Shanty Biscuits brand, which makes and sells customized biscuits online. In 2013, the native of Aix-en-Provence received a biscuit stamp as a birthday present, giving her the idea for biscuits with personalized messages, giving the tasty treats special meaning. Word of mouth and viral success on Instagram quickly made her production facilities too small to support the company’s growth, as sales tripled annually.

Congratulations to both winners and to all the finalists!

 

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1-4 October 2018: LVMH brings its Open Innovation DARE program to the US

Last week, the DARE LVMH program (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) – a global talent development initiative based on Open-innovation and coming from startup methodologies – allowed 12 project teams to spent three days developing their innovative ideas into business plans to reinvent the future of luxury.

Through DARE, LVMH harnesses the ideas and creativity of its talents from across its portfolio of world-leading luxury Maisons. In the process, they were challenged by internal and external expert mentors; and a grand jury selected the winning projects which will be implemented inside the Group. Both mentors and Jury members included senior executives from LVMH and its Maisons, as well as external entrepreneurs and CEOs.

From October 1st to 4th, LVMH held its DARE LVMH program for the first time ever in the United States. It was created by LVMH based on the conviction that its own employees are a top source of creativity in working to anticipate the evolution of the luxury sector and to develop future business strategies.

DARE was initiated by Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH’s Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies in 2017 as a unique worldwide cross-brand, cross-sector and cross-expertise initiative for LVMH employees. It was initially conducted in France, followed by Italy and more recently Shanghai.

“The DARE initiative is a pillar of our talent development strategy. It is an opportunity for our highly innovative and skilled talents to network, discover and share ideas as well as development approaches, to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the Group”, stated Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies at LVMH.

For the DARE LVMH in New York, over 6000 employees across LVMH were invited to submit an idea. Based on this, 60 LVMH talents were selected to participate, broken into 12 teams, which also included students from NYU, the Parsons School of Design, Brown and Barnard College. The teams worked on their project for three days at Camp David, a co-working space in Industry City, Brooklyn, and were challenged by mentors (LVMH Maisons CEOs and Regional Presidents, senior executives and external entrepreneurs and CEOs) to shape and refine their ideas.

On Wednesday, the teams then presented to a grand jury and three final projects were selected to be implemented within LVMH. The jury included Executive Committee members and senior executives from LVMH and its Maisons as well as from other leading businesses such as Rent the Runway, Moda Operandi and others. The winning projects were focused on how to improve the travel retail experience, to optimize visual merchandizing through an app and upcycling waste from the wine industry into the cosmetic sector. The jury also offered a special prize to an app improving the employee experience and skill sharing at LVMH.

On Thursday, the winning teams met with expert coaches from diverse departments across LVMH (environment, digital, IT, HR, finance), to bring their projects to life. These professionals will continue to help them refine their projects so that they can be successfully implemented within the LVMH Maisons. The event concluded with a keynote address from Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of the Black Entertainment Network (BET) and now CEO of Salamander Hospitality, which owns luxury resorts in the US.

 

The talents who participated in DARE LVMH in NYC– the “intrapreneurs”— all work in the Americas, represented 15 LVMH brands and six nationalities, and came from a wide range of departments and functions. This experience enabled them to share their expertise and experiment with new ways of working in order for their teams to create novel initiatives and strategies that address the future needs of the luxury industry. Having been through the DARE experience, these talents can now be ambassadors of new ways of working, which they will bring back to their LVMH brand colleagues.

Jury

  • Toni Belloni, Group Managing Director of LVMH
  • Lanessa Elrod, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Chantal Gaemperle – Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies of LVMH. President of the Jury
  • Mary Beth Laughton, EVP Omni Retail of Sephora
  • Anish Melwani, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Inc.
  • Ian Rogers, Chief Digital Officer of LVMH
  • Amand a Baldwin, CEO of Supergoop!
  • Jennifer Hyman, CEO & Co-Founder of Rent the Runway
  • Daniel Piette, Chairman of First Founders, Former Chairman & Founder of L Capital
  • Kabir Shahani, CEO of Amperity
  • Ganesh Srivats, CEO of Moda Operandi
  • Julie Wainwright, CEO of The Real Real

Mentors

  • Davide Marcovich, President of LVMH Latin America /Chandon
  • Eric Marechalle, CEO of Marc Jacobs
  • Kelly Mc Carthy, Senior Vice President Digital of LVMH
  • Jean-Andre Rougeot, CEO of Benefit Cosmetics
  • Rodney Williams, President and CEO of Belvedere Vodka
  • Andrew Wu, Group President LVMH Greater China
  • Dan Habashi, Chief Managing Officer of Soho House
  • Lauri Kien Kotcher, CEO of Hello Products
  • Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo
  • Paul Strachman, Partner of Red Sea Ventures
  • Kay Unger, Chairman of the Parsons Board of Governors, CEO of Kay Unger Design

Key figures

  • Our call for ideas went out to nearly 6,000 people working for the Group in the Americas
  • 60 participants from 6 different nationalities, representing 15 Maisons within the Group were selected
  • 12 university students included in the reflection process
  • 12 teams
  • 11 mentors
  • 12 Jury members
  • 3 winning teams and projects
  • 1 additional jury prize