Underscoring the programme’s European scope and reasserting its goal of transmitting skills and developing the employability of new generations, the new headquarters of the LVMH Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza in Florence is located in the Palazzo Pucci, the historic home of Maison Emilio Pucci. The inauguration, which took place on November 27,  was attended by Dario Nardella, Florence’s Mayor; Toni Belloni, LVMH Group Managing Director; Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies; alongside the future apprentices of the institute.

LVMH says the inauguration was also an opportunity to mark the beginning of the academic year for apprentices in the two Italian programs already established by the LVMH IME in Italy with Polimoda in leather goods and For.Al in jewelry. Read more on the partnership between the IME and Polimoda here. Other programmes in retail and shoes are to be launched soon in the Veneto region, adding to the IME’s 18 current training programs. “These new professional tracks further diversify the range of training proposed in partnership with prestigious schools in key sectors for LVMH including jewellery, vineyards and winemaking, couture, retail, design, leather goods, watchmaking and the culinary arts”, says the luxury French holding in a statement.

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence was created in 2014 with the aim of transmitting the unique savoir-faire of LVMH Maisons in professions that involve artisanal craftsmanship and creative and retail skills. So far, it has trained over 300 students in different programs, combining theoretical courses at partner schools with professional experience at different Maisons of the Group. Students also take language classes and learn through innovative formats during Master Classes.