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The luxury goods industry rests on excellent craftsmanship, but is constantly facing the threat of the loss of this savoir-faire. Fashion houses have started to work closely with ateliers, such as Chanel, who recently acquired a 70% stake in Jean-Francois Lesage SAS in order to preserve the art of hand embroidery.
In a further attempt to save dying trades, luxury goods conglomerate LVMH has announced the creation of L‘Institut des Métiers d’Excellence, IME, which will start this September. 

The IME will provide professional training in the fields of jewellery and couture and students will leave with a degree at the end of the two-year course. The IME program works in a partnership with two prestigious Parisian schools: the Ecole de la Bijouterie-Joaillerie for jewellery and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne for design. Students will have classes to gain theoretical and technical knowledge. This will be complemented by hands-on experience, through paid placements at the Maisons belonging to LVMH, enabling students to benefit from expert knowledge employed there. Students can expect to learn from the skilled employees working for the likes of Dior Couture, Givenchy, or Chaumet. The IME thereby sets out to enable “the transmission of the knowledge and development of savoir-faire “ said Chantal Gaemperle, Group Executive Vice President.
The IME intends to be a training initiative that will pass on the artisanal expertise to a new generation, thereby saving some of the savoire-faire which the luxury sector relies on to create its quality products.