New beginnings are in store for our 14 apprentis who have begun the new Leather+ vocational training program. A firm believer in employment promotion, Polimoda specifically designed this life-changing opportunity for those who, whether unemployed or in between jobs, are ready to get in or jump back in the game and inherit the savoir-faire secrets of luxury craftsmanship in one of the most flourishing sectors of Made in Italy.
The participants of the new Leather+ course, consisting of 12 women and 2 men who are between the ages of 24 and 48 years old, have embarked on their craftsmanship journey.
Created by Polimoda in collaboration with the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME), supported by the Fondazione CR Firenze and recognized by the Region Toscana, this program exists thanks to the 14 scholarships made available in equal measure by the Florentine Institute and the Fondazione CR Firenze, guiding the apprentis towards innovation and encouraging the development of new professionals specialized in luxury products with the aim of passing down the art of artisanal production.
“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 irreplaceable value. 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 towards a future of innovation, supported by industry leaders such as LVMH and the Fondazione CR Firenze,” explains Danilo Venturi, Director of Polimoda.
To take part in the prestigious program, more than 100 candidates applied from all over Italy.
After a careful selection based on personal skills and abilities, Lisa, 24, and Francesca, 48, both from Florence; Giovanna, 31, from Signa; Marusca, 42, from Pontassieve; Giulia Marina, 32, and Lucia, 35, both from Prato; Francesca, 28, from Livorno; Caterina, 32, from Rome; Antonio, 24, from Martina Franca (Taranto); Bruno, 42, from Impruneta; Simona, 27, from Serracapiola (Foggia); Letizia, 26, from Lucca as well as Debora, 41, from Ethiopia; and Thais Veronica, 42, originally from Brazil, were awarded the available seats.
LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence is a vocational training program that enables the LVMH Group to pass on unique savoir-faire in artisanal craftsmanship, creative and retail métiers to new generations, thus enhancing their employability.
Created in France in 2014, the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has also been present in Switzerland since 2016 and in Italy since 2017, choosing Polimoda, the Italian leader in fashion and luxury education, as its first partner for training leather craftsmen in the country. The Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH now has 7 training programs in Italy.
IME offers an unprecedented path: the principle of training programs based on alternating school and work, combining theoretical teaching in schools and practical work experience within the Group’s Maisons, including Bulgari, Celine, Dior, Fendi, Loro Piana and Louis Vuitton.
Participants receive 900 training hours, of which 500 are conducted at Polimoda and 400 consist of an internship with an LVMH Maison, merging classroom and on-site training. From English and French language skills to educational visits organized by IME to Maison headquarters, participants receive hands-on craftsmanship training coupled with educational classes at Polimoda DesignLab in Scandicci.
We’re proud of our 14 apprentis who are paving the way towards their future careers as artisans of luxury leather goods.