WE for ME, the Métiers d’Excellence for the defence of craftsmanship

WE for ME, the Métiers d'Excellence for the defence of craftsmanship

The defence and enhancement of luxury production. The 75 maisons of the LVMH Group have signed the “WE for ME” pact for Métiers d’Excellence. This project was created with the aim of “highlighting a community of women and men who carry out work in the fields of creation, craftsmanship and sales expertise”. Not only that: to also highlight the “transmission of some 200 Métiers d’Excellence carried out within” the association. In the coming months, the Métiers d’Excellence will be expanded and new initiatives will be launched.

Heritage to be passed on

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, commented: “There is no sustainable luxury sector without exceptional savoir-faire”. Chantal Gaemperle, the group’s director of human resources and synergies, emphasises that the group represents “a living heritage of more than 200 craft skills”. Also part of the pact is the new 6,000 square metre leather goods workshop that Louis Vuitton is building in Charmes-sur-l’Herbasse in the Drôme region. As Fashion Network reports, the opening of leather goods ateliers, as well as production expansions in other sectors, place the challenge of generational change at the centre. Since 2014, LVMH has trained more than 1,000 young people in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Japan.

What do the project involves

More specifically, WE for ME involves accelerating the “Excellent!” programme both in France and abroad to attract young people. As the group’s press release states, the plan also includes a programme for the recognition and development of internal talent: ‘Les virtuoses LVMH’, as well as a new programme for developing the skills of such talent and driving innovation. Through collaborations, the Group wants to highlight and support external skills that are part of its cultural heritage (ELLE Artisanes award, Fonds de création pour les métiers d’Artisanat). The LVMH Métiers d’Excellence community will find exceptional showcases in Paris on October 19th and in Florence on November 8th.

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