Women@Dior: Dior shares insights from four inspiring leaders for Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program

Since the creation of its Women@Dior mentoring program in 2017, Dior has coached and encouraged thousands of young women in 25 countries. This year the couture house has called on inspiring leaders to share insights for the launch of the Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program. This new component in Dior’s international mentoring initiative is dedicated to gender equality and women’s leadership for greater solidarity and a responsible future.

The four pillar values of the broad Women@Dior initiative are Autonomy, Inclusion, Creativity and Sustainability. By making its new online learning platform for the Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program available to 500 plus students, Dior is reaffirming support for access to education for young women the world over. Through a partnership with UNESCO, 100 talented students will also have access to this program. Dior has joined UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition to address the serious educational crisis spawned by the Covid-19 epidemic.

Aligned with the vision articulated by Emmanuelle Favre, Dior Senior Vice President Human Resources, the Maison called on four inspiring women to help kick off the program: Maria Grazia Chiuri, Chantal Gaemperle, Marlène Schiappa and Ada Hegerberg.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director for Dior women’s collections, believes it is essential to encourage young women to become tomorrow’s leaders. “Women are very present in the workplace, but too often they are not in leadership positions. And I believe that women can bring so much to the table, because they have such a different approach, based on sharing and teamwork.”

One of the goals of the LVMH Group is to have gender balance in key positions, notes Chantal Gaemperle, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies and a member of the LVMH Executive Committee. She underlines the importance of a good education through initiatives such as the Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program. Education, she says, is key to nurturing the confidence of young women, enabling them to be ambitious and dare.

Ambition also figures at the heart of the message to young women from Marlène Schiappa, French Minister Delegate for Citizenship. She would like to see girls taught to “conquer space” and to take risks right from a very young age. “There are too many young girls who rein in their ambition and are too afraid to dream because they have too few role models and they don’t tare tell themselves that they’ll be an astronaut, a CEO or president,” says the Minister.

Another role model invited by Dior is Ada Hegerberg, who sees this program as a way to help young women find their talents and gain confidence from them. The Norwegian footballer, a striker for Olympique Lyonnais, says that “self-confidence makes it possible to achieve great things.”

The positive and insightful messages of these bold women enriche the Women Leadership & Sustainability Education Program. The year-long agenda on the online platform comprises courses taught by prominent professors from leading schools, including Central Saint Martins in London, Bocconi University in Milan and HEC and Centrale Supélec in Paris, all focused on developing the talented women leaders of tomorrow.

Following the theoretical coursework, participants have a chance to put the things they have learned into practice by developing a “Dream for Change Project” that supports empowerment of young girls at the local level. The most impactful projects will be presented during a global e-conference in March 2021, and will be eligible for support from Dior and the LVMH Group.

 

 

 

 

LVMH expands Wines & Spirits portfolio with Eminente, a new Premium Cuban Rum

Moët Hennessy, the Wines & Spirits division of LVMH, traveled to Cuba to create Eminente. The island’s rich terroir, a tradition of quality sugar cane, and the expertise of generations of Rum Masters combine to make Eminente synonymous with a new exceptional spirits experience in the rum category.

Cuba, where locals nickname their island Isla del Cocodrilo, evoking its crocodile shape, has been famous around the world for superb quality rum since the early 20th century. The reptile thus served as a natural inspiration for the logo on the Eminente bottle, whose ribbed glass resembles the skin of a crocodile.

To create an authentic Cuban rum, Moët Hennessy turned to César Marti, Cuba’s youngest Maestro Ronero (Rum Master) and a member of a family specialized in sugar who grew up surrounded by sugar cane fields in Villa Clara province in the center of the island. Eminente expresses the terroir of the heart of Cuba, joined by the best of neighboring regions. Like occidente, or Western-style rum made near Havana, Eminente is perfect for cocktails. And like oriente, or Eastern-style rum, it is ideal for sipping.

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With a harmonious balance that is at the same time robust, smooth yet complex, this new Cuban rum perfectly expresses the art of blending aguardientes, or eaux-de-vie, mastered by César Marti. High-quality molasses from sugar cane is distilled to 75% ABV, creating subtle Cuban eaux-de-vie with rich aromas. They are aged in ex-whisky white oak barrels.

To give them vitality, the aguardientes are then blended with light Cuban rum of 95% ABV and then aged again, generally for a minimum of seven years. With 70% older aguardientes, the Eminente blend is the most aged of all Cuban rums.

“Our spirits brands cultivate excellence in viticulture, distilling, selecting eaux-de-vie, ageing and blending. We are proud to draw on our 250 years of experience to create an exceptional new Cuban rum,” says Philippe Schaus, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy.

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The new Eminente premium Cuban rum is available at selected beverage retailers, hotels, restaurants and bars in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as on eminente.com.

Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to health. Please enjoy responsibly.

RIMOWA diversifies offer, reinventing travel with tradition and innovation

In a world where travel has become increasingly restricted, premium luggage leader RIMOWA did not wait for the health crisis to diversify its product offering. The new book RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1898 published by Rizzoli recounts how the German house has for over 120 years relentlessly pioneered products that meet the changing needs of travelers with a perfect balance of innovation and tradition. 

Founded in 1898, RIMOWA has been renowned for its lightweight aluminum luggage since 1937, followed in 2000 by groundbreaking polycarbonate suitcases, earning the Maison a loyal following among purposeful globetrotters. These mainstays are now joined by an exciting range of products that transform travel into a lifestyle, transcending the simple act of getting from point A to point B. iPhone cases inspired by the iconic RIMOWA groove made their debut in 2019, followed by a line of sunglasses last June, enabling travelers with a longing for the road to find new outlets for escapades.

Among the upcoming launches is the much-anticipated RIMOWA Personal, for those who know how to travel light. The initial version of this mini suitcase – worn crossbody or carried in the hand – was unveiled during the Dior Men’s Spring-Summer 2020 runway show as part of a limited-edition capsule collection collaboration with Kim Jones, Creative Director of Dior Menswear. Four models in polycarbonate will be available this winter, in Black and White for the permanent collection, along with seasonal cases in Desert Rose and Cactus to match the RIMOWA Essential collections inspired by the Mojave Desert. These miniature versions feature the same light weight, durability and style as the bigger versions.

For its holiday campaign titled ‘Gifts for the journey ahead’, RIMOWA invites customers to imagine future escapades. The campaign comprises a series of short videos shot by Santos Bacana exploring dreams and memories involving travel companions. The films feature in particular the new Original Cabin suitcase in a camouflage pattern in Green or Pink, drawing RIMOWA’s technical mastery to lock the pigments into the aluminum alloy for a vibrant call to adventure.

And before setting off for the four corners of the globe, travelers can embark on an interior journey as they wander through the pages of RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1898, available since November 17 from Éditions Rizzoli or the RIMOWA website.

Online ceremony for 2020 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award

During a special online ceremony on November 9, Veuve Clicquot announced the three bold entrepreneurs honored by its 2020 Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award, respectively Juliette Lévy, founder of Oh My Cream!, and Donia Amamra & Loubna Ksibi, co-founders of Meet My Mama.The event was hosted by writer and fashion critic Sophie Fontanel. Veuve Clicquot also presented the results of a survey conducted with Odoxa on the impact of the current health crisis on female entrepreneurship. Spotlight on inspiring entrepreneurs!

You have to be bold to be an entrepreneur, and you have to be equally bold to hold an online event to celebrate exceptional women entrepreneurs. Happily, bold innovation is embedded in Veuve Clicquot’s DNA thanks to the creative and ambitious legacy passed on by the “Grande Dame de la Champagne”, who gave the Maison much more than simply her name. Veuve Clicquot has since 1972 honored exceptional women leaders, creating a community that now counts nearly 350 bold women around the world.

“Motivated by our House’s resolutely optimistic and forward-looking vision, we want to continue inspiring generations of women to be even bolder,” said Jean-Marc Gallot, CEO of Veuve Clicquot and a member of a prestigious jury that includes Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton and a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of LVMH. In addition, the jury comprises former winners and experts in a range of disciplines, such as computational scientist and entrepreneur Aurélie Jean, and Fleur Pellerin, former French culture minister and managing director of Korelya Capital.

The finalists shortlisted for the 2020 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award distinguished themselves with their entrepreneurial audacity, their ability to reinvent convention approaches and their ethical and committed vision of business. On November 9 the jury presented the Bold Woman Award to Juliette Levy, Founder and CEO of Oh My Cream, a network of cosmetics stores offering only “clean” brands to introduce women to what is best for their skin.

The Bold Future Award was presented to the co-founders of Meet My Mama, Loubna Ksibi & Donia Amamra. With a focus on supporting minorities, they have created a community of migrant and refugee women from around the world with real culinary skills and trained them to work in green catering services.

For the second year in a row, the House also recognized a man who helps improve women’s representation and consideration in society through his own concrete actions. The Bold Champion Award, an honorary award, was presented to Gérald Karsenti, President of SAP France.

The announcement of the winners by Sophie Fontanel was joined by interviews and shared experiences, all streamed on the Veuve Clicquot website. Follow this link to watch the ceremony and find out more about the winners: https://www.veuveclicquot.com/fr-fr/bold-by-veuve-clicquot/ceremony.

Hublot becomes Premier League’s Official Timekeeper

The first luxury watch brand to invest in football by partnering with the Swiss National Team in 2006, Hublot will become Official Timekeeper of the Premier League, the world’s most-watched football league, beginning this season. England’s Premier League matches are shown in 188 countries, reaching a cumulative global audience of 3.2 billion, bringing the Swiss luxury watchmaker exceptional exposure.

With a wealth of experience in sports timekeeping, Hublot confirms its passion for football by becoming the Premier League’s Official Timekeeper from the start of the 2020-2021 season. This is a new historic milestone for Hublot, which already enjoys a ubiquitous presence in the sport through partnerships with the most iconic competitions (including the World Cup, the Euro and the Champion’s League), as well as some of the greatest European football clubs  (Juventus Turin, Chelsea, Ajax Amsterdam, Benfica Lisbon), legendary players (Pelé, Maradona), world-class stars (Kylian Mbappé) and decorated managers (Didier Deschamps, José Mourinho).

Experts and fans consider the Premier League as the world’s most exciting competitions, attracting many of the world’s best players and most celebrated managers. It is the world’s most-watched football league, with matches available in 880 million households in 188 of the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations. The English competition draws a cumulative audience of up to 3.2 billion people, bringing Hublot – which already has one of the largest portfolios throughout the sport – an exceptional additional showcase.

 

As Official Timekeeper, Hublot will enjoy extraordinary visibility. During each match the Hublot logo will sit alongside the on-screen graphic showing the score and time. The brand will also be represented via the Referee Board held up by the fourth official to signal substitutions and extra time. On the pitch, Premier League referees will wear the Hublot Big Bang luxury smartwatch, which includes Goal Line Technology. And between matches, Hublot will feature on all of the Premier League’s digital platforms.

Hublot also took advantage of the draw for the group stage of the Champions League club competition to announce a limited-edition version of the Big Bang e connected watch. Made in just 500 pieces, the new model has been enriched with new features and has a special color-dial that can be customized to match one of the participating team’s colors.

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The Hublot Loves Football UEFA Champions League app lets users get notifications to alert them to kick-off times and will show the team line-ups, goals, substitutions, yellow and red cards and time added on. With the new app Hublot takes the UEFA Champions League fan experience to an exciting new level.

LVMH at One Young World Tokyo Caucus 2020: Group underlines commitment to inclusive leadership

Several leaders from LVMH based in Japan took part in the One Young World Caucus 2020 in Tokyo, Japan from October 23-25. Focused on the need to embrace all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and connect the power of business to create a better world, the event welcomed inspiring young leaders. They discussed, pitched and challenged ways to execute ideas about the SDGs.

One Young World is the world’s largest global organization that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful new-generation leaders to find solutions to create a better world with more responsible and more effective leadership.

Each year, the One Young World Summit hosts over 2,000 young entrepreneurs from 190 plus countries and all public and private sectors to accelerate the impact of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The One Young World Tokyo Caucus took place from October 23-25 with the participation of several talents from the LVMH Group based in Japan. Through these locally-sited leaders, LVMH underlined the importance of the SDGs for the Group during the Equality Panel session. These goals notably include inclusive leadership, resonating with LVMH’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

Following opening remarks by Stéphane Voyer, Senior Vice President Human Resources, LVMH Japan, centered on the importance LVMH places on promoting a robust culture of Diversity & Inclusion at every level of the organization, Givenchy CEO Christine Edman discussed three underlying equality concepts in the SDGs.

She noted that sustainable prosperity and peace come only when each individual can live in larger freedom, along with the need to go beyond “number games” in addressing the issue of equality. The panel invited speakers to share personal experiences through which they internalized the values of equality. Christine Edman also emphasized the importance of acknowledging one’s own social, political, and economic privileges and leveraging them to expand other individuals’ freedom.

“This immersion within the One Young World Tokyo Caucus and our numerous interactions with OYW Ambassadors have been a strong confirmation of my convictions that private companies would benefit from engaging young leaders with senior executives on strategic initiatives. This Caucus revealed more clearly than ever that our purpose of balancing Profit with People and Planet is the most important expectation from young talents who want to have a visible and positive impact,” said Stéphane Voyer, Senior Vice President Human Resources, LVMH Japan.

Through its participation in the One Young World Tokyo Caucus 2020, LVMH once again showed its commitment to understanding the challenges inherent to creating a more sustainable world, and to transforming them into a virtuous model for day-to-day actions, thanks in particular to engagement with new-generation leaders.

For more than 30 years, LVMH has put a lot into young generations especially through close collaborations with schools; the Group firmly believes in the ability of this new generation to drive positive change, and its participation at the One Young World Tokyo Caucus 2020 is a perfect example of its active engagement with young people to help them meet the challenges of tomorrow.

La Maison des Startups LVMH holds its Demo Day in a 100% digital format

On 12 October 2020, LVMH held the Demo Day for its business incubator’s, La Maison des Startups, fourth cohort of companies in a totally new format: a 100% digital broadcast from the studio within LVMH headquarters, in Paris. Open to all the Group’s Maisons, this event provided a forum for incubated startups to present their solutions to LVMH teams based across the world.

Created in 2018 within Station F, the world’s largest startup campus, La Maison des Startups LVMH embodies the Group’s objective to work closely with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to stimulate innovation across its Maisons and shape the future of luxury.

Last April, La Maison des Startups LVMH welcomed 25 new members offering solutions in such varied fields as sustainability, omnichannel, supply chain, clienteling, AI, data and customization.

“Innovation is a constant pursuit at LVMH and the crisis has accelerated some profound changes internally. The customer’s journey needs to be reinvented in a context full of uncertainties. ‘Supply’ isn’t just about the availability of products. It is also about the availability of our luxury services at a distance,” declares Ian Rogers, Chief Digital Officer at LVMH.

The format of the Demo Day for this fourth cohort of La Maison des Startups LVMH gave participants a chance to present the added value of their solutions to the Group’s Maisons through a series of pitch sessions and demonstrations.

Laetitia Roche-Grenet, Director of Open Innovation, and Olivier Le Garlantezec, Partnerships Director, also shared their insights on the need and opportunity to nurture the innovation ecosystem in these very uncertain times with Roxanne Varza, Director of Station F.

In addition, the broadcast featured open discussions with startups and Maisons which have already engaged in successful collaborations, such as Sephora with Replika, Bvlgari with Tapbuy, Kenzo with Facil’iti and Clos19 with Livstick, all of which produced impressive results in a short space of time.

These success stories are emblematic of the strategic goal of La Maison des Startups LVMH: to nurture the best talents and master the most advanced techniques in order to achieve the Group’s long-term vision of excellence and lead the way in shaping the future of luxury. Since the creation of La Maison des Startups LVMH, over 160 collaborations have been initiated, 60 of them since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.

Kim Jones appointed Artistic Director of Women’s collections at FENDI

FENDI is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Jones as Artistic Director of haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women.

Kim Jones will join Silvia Venturini Fendi, third generation of the Fendi family, who will continue to create the accessories and menswear collections.

Kim Jones will at the same time maintain his role as Artistic Director of DIOR Men.

Bernard Arnault welcomes this nomination: “Kim Jones is a great talent and since joining, he has continuously proven his ability to adapt to the codes and heritage of the LVMH houses while revisiting them with great modernity and audacity. At FENDI, I am convinced that his vision and passion will highly contribute to the success of the women’s collections.”

Kim Jones noted: “I would like to profoundly thank Monsieur Arnault, Pietro Beccari, Serge Brunschwig and Silvia Venturini Fendi for this incredible opportunity. Working across two such prestigious houses is a true honour as a designer and to be able to join the house of FENDI as well as continuing my work at Dior Men’s is a huge privilege.”

Serge Brunschwig, FENDI’s Chairman and CEO declared: “I am thrilled to welcome Kim Jones at FENDI. Kim is one of the most talented and relevant designers of today. With Silvia Venturini Fendi, who has virtuously carried on FENDI and Karl Lagerfeld legacy, Kim will bring his contemporary one of a kind point of view into the world of FENDI.”

Silvia Venturini Fendi, Artistic Director of FENDI accessories and menswear, stated: “My warmest welcome to Kim, to whom I am bound by deep respect and friendship. I am looking forward to take the FENDI universe to the next level with him.

Kim Jones will present his first FENDI ready-to-wear collection for Fall/Winter 2021-22 season during Milan Fashion Week in February.

Spotlight on Geneva Watch Days 2020, the year’s most innovative multi-brand watchmaking event

The city of Geneva hosted Geneva Watch Days this past August 26-29. Despite the challenges of organizing the event amidst Covid-19 restrictions, the founding and associated brands – including Bvlgari – remained committed to this major showcase. Their perseverance was crowned with success as the initiative met with an enthusiastic response from international media and customers alike who discovered new models unveiled by 17 emblematic luxury watch brands, both in person and via a digital platform.

The recent Geneva Watch Days marked the advent of an exciting new event featuring an innovative concept and format. The show brought together 17 very distinctive names in the world of watchmaking for the sector’s only trade event in Switzerland in 2020.

Over four days, the international media and customers discovered new models from the 17 participating brands at their respective showrooms in partner stores and hotels. The official pavilion on the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc was open to the public for a firsthand look at the new creations of the participating brands. The entire event took place in strict compliance with health measures established by the state and city of Geneva.

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LVMH’s premier position in watchmaking was represented at Geneva Watch Days 2020 via Bvlgari, whose showroom was located in the Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix. Faithful to its status as the Jeweler of Time, the Maison once again demonstrated its determination to rewrite the rules of watchmaking, unveiling new models that embody the perfect fusion of Italian creativity with Swiss engineering and design.

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Bvlgari attained a new summit with the latest model in the Octo Finissimo collection, the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph Skeleton Automatic. The watch sets a sixth world record in the category with its ultra-thin case and ultra-sophisticated tourbillon. Introducing a new iteration of the Bvlgari Aluminium, the Maison has reignited the fire lit by the iconic model. Bvlgari also unveiled the new Arena Bi-Retro by Gerald Genta, whose eponymous brand was acquired by the Maison in 2000, delighting collectors attached to the model’s distinctive design.

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Geneva Watch Days 2020 was a bold venture in an environment that remains more uncertain than ever. The organizers masterfully navigated the myriad challenges to hold an event that will be regarded as an industry landmark and a strong signal of optimism.

Lip Lab At Home, a digital service by BITE to create custom lipstick from the comfort of your home

The health and safety of its employees and guests is BITE’s top priority. To protect its community and support national efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Lip Lab by BITE, a beauty brand under the LVMH beauty incubator, Kendo Brands, brings their fan-loved experience digitally! Now, guests will be able to create clean custom lipstick from the comfort of their home. The best part? This allows the brand to expand from 4 cities, to all U.S. and Canada!

The Lip Lab by BITE allows guests to create a lipstick as unique as them. With experiential retail concepts in New York (Soho and Brooklyn), California (Orange Country), and Canada (Toronto), beauty aficionados can book appointments to create their perfect shade, add a scent, pick a finish, and engrave their lip stick cap with the help of a Color Expert.

With the challenges of COVID-19, the Lip Lab by BITE needed to respond to its employees’ and customers’ needs. The brand has always been dedicated to the cleanliness of Lip Labs and the health and safety of its community and now is taking it to an even higher level with enhanced Clean Standards, and the new reach with offering this service across the United States and Canada.

To book a Lip Lab At Home appointment visit www.bitebeauty.com/lip-lab and choose the location where you want to create your custom lipstick. To do so, you must reside in the US or Canada.

In just 30-45 minutes after your appointment begins, you’ll have created your perfect custom lipstick, which will ship within 24-48 hours for free.