Florence-based fashion and design school Polimoda is offering 14 scholarships in collaboration with LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence to attend the prestigious Leather+ program. We looked into what the new program for the leather goods artisans involves.
Founded in 2014, the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) program is involved in schooling more than 200 young people in such crafts as jewellery, dressmaking, winemaking, leather goods, culinary arts, watches, luxury retail and design together with partner institutions in France and Switzerland. In 2017, the IME teamed up with an Italian institution Polimoda for the first time to train leather goods artisans.
The eligible students will have the chance to embark on an immersive program leather goods artisans, including 500 hours in class and a 400-hour internship at one of the fashion houses under the prestigious LVMH umbrella. In addition to this, IME will organize a 40-hour master class, which will include educational visits to the group’s companies and a focus on the leather goods industry’s vocabulary in English and French. Exciting, isn’t it?
“Craftsmanship and technology are two vital components of the fashion product, which are essential to Made in Italy, indispensable to the world of luxury. Excellence is determined by that perfect mix of technical skill and artistic sensibility, in which the human element has an irreplaceable value,” said Polimoda director Danilo Venturi. “Through education, we have the pleasure and responsibility of passing on this knowledge and know-how: Polimoda has chosen to invest in cultivating new experts and accompanying them toward a future of innovation, supported by industry leaders such as LVMH.”
The Leather+ program will kick off in June at Polimoda’s Design Lab located in Scandicci, the heart of the Florentine production district. You can apply for a scholarship until the 29th of May, so hurry up!
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Text: Irina Gorskaia