LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Parsons The New School for Design Announce “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York” Exhibit on New York City’s Governors Island

Exhibit -- to be Held on Saturdays and Sundays in June -- is Major Part of LVMH-Sponsored Contest for Parsons Students Designed to Celebrate Artisanry

Student-Team Award Winners Announced last week at Exhibition VIP Opening

Short Documentary Based on the “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York” Program to be Screened for the Public as Part of Upcoming Panel Discussion

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NEW YORK--()--LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., the North American arm of the global luxury leader, and Parsons The New School for Design announced the opening of “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York” exhibit, which showcases the work of local artisans and Parsons students, and the heritage of LVMH brands.

This exhibit, part of the multi-faceted program and student contest that LVMH and Parsons launched in late 2009 to celebrate artisanry, will be held in the historic homes in Nolan Park on Governors Island in New York City every Saturday and Sunday from June 5-27, open free to the public.

The next and final phase of the Craftsmanship program will be a panel discussion on Artisanry’s “Past, Present and Future” on June 22, 2010 (details below). At the panel, there will also be a screening of a 25-minute documentary, including an overview of the program and highlights of the New York artisans’ work.

Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in North America, said: “This Exhibit allows us to expose thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to the City to the enormous talent of our local artisans and to see the work of our next generation of design talent come alive. The designs created by the Parsons’ students reflect exceptional vision and innovation as well as an understanding of the importance of craftsmanship and precision in creating a work of art. In artisanry, like in luxury, it takes skill, talent and hours of precise and passionate work to create every product. It is important that the next generation of design talent understands their responsibility in ensuring that the traditions and heritage of craftsmanship survive. Additionally, we are delighted to participate in the rebirth of Governors Island, which is an important part of New York’s history and furthers our goal of making New York an even more exciting place to live.”

Joel Towers, Dean of Parsons, said: “This innovative project provided an extraordinary opportunity for our students to work alongside top artisans in their studios, and to translate that experience into cutting edge design work of their own. The students’ work is showcased through this Exhibit. This program is a clear reflection of LVMH’s dedication to supporting promising young design talent and we are grateful to LVMH for making this possible and furthering their commitment to supporting design education.”

Leslie Koch, President of Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, added: “We are thrilled to welcome LVMH’s “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York” to the historic houses in Nolan Park. We invite all New Yorkers to visit the Island this June to enjoy this Exhibit and help kick off the Governors Island’s public access season and see how the Island is becoming a popular venue for a rich array of exhibitions, arts programming and cultural experiences.”

The New York Times is the official media sponsor of The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York.

Student Team Winners Announced

“The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York” Program, created by LVMH, brought 23 teams of Parsons students from diverse disciplines together with local artisans working in areas ranging from Architectural and Ceramic Arts to Graphic Arts, Restoration and Conservation. Through an extensive collaboration with the artisans, the student teams created original fashion ensembles and short documentary films, which were previewed in February 2010, during New York City’s Fashion Week.

The contest judges included: Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of LVMH in North America; Joel Towers, Dean of Parsons The New School for Design; David McFadden, Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design; Prabal Gurung, Fashion Designer and 2010 CFDA Award Nominee; David Turnley, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker; and Fabiola Beracasa, Fashion Consultant.

The three winning student teams include:

- #1 – Adam Scher, Alex Stachelek, Hyeyoung Kim, Jennifer Schubert and Akalaksna Kenneth Baenchantha for their work inspired by Calligrapher Bernard Maisner;

- #2 – Andres, Chi, Payal, Sherman and Sooji for their work inspired by Letterpress Printer Swayspace;

- #3 – Iker Orozco, JYong Moon, Minsun Kim, Nicole Ferrada, Uros Otasevic and Yeochung Lydia Kim for their work inspired by Fine Wood Conservation Ltd.

To view the winning garments and videos, along with bios of the team members and bios and videos for all of the participating artisans, please visit http://www.artofcraftsmanship.com High resolution versions of the pictures are available upon request.

Exhibit Details:

The Exhibit will feature works by Stained Glass Artist Nancy Nicholson, Papermaker Dieu Donné, Fine Wood Conservation Ltd, Fine Ornamental Metalworker Les Métalliers Champenois, Specialty Props & Scenic Arts Specialist Jerard Studio, Luthier Nathaniel Rowan, Photogravureist Lothar Oesterburg, Bookbinder Gavin Dovey, Glass Blower Michiko Sakano, Ceramicist Joan Lurie, Furniture Upholsterer Hedwige Raty, Silversmith Valentin Yotkov, Letterpress Printer Swayspace, Framer Eli Wilner, and more.

The mannequins showcasing the Parsons students’ creations are provided by Ralph Pucci International. The Exhibit will also present special displays telling the stories of the heritage of a number of LVMH brands and the legacy of true luxury. Participating LVMH brands include: Fendi, Loewe, Berluti, Dior, Fresh, Guerlain, Acqua di Parma, Hublot, Zenith and TAG Heuer.

How to Get to Governors Island to see the Exhibit, beginning June 5th:

The Exhibit will be on view on Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 7 PM. Free ferries that are a seven-minute ride leave on the half-hour from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets, in Lower Manhattan. Ferries also depart to Governors Island from Brooklyn. For up-to-date ferry schedules and downloadable maps as well as more information about access days and hours for Governors Island, please visit www.govisland.com

Upcoming Panel Discussion on Artisanry’s “Past, Present and Future”:

In conjunction with the Exhibit, LVMH and Parsons will present a panel discussion including: Simon Collins, Dean, The School of Fashion, Parsons The New School For Design; Lev Glazman, co-founder of LVMH-owned Perfumes, Skincare & Cosmetics brand Fresh Inc.; Holly Hotchner, Nanette L. Laitman Director, Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; Kate Burns Ottavino, Vice President and Director of Preservation, A. Ottavino Corporation; and Ulrich Wohn, President & CEO, LVMH Watch & Jewelry North America. This free to the public event will be held on June 22 at 6:00pm at the New York Times Center at 242 West 41st Street. Please RSVP at events@lvmhny.com as seating is limited. The panel will be streamed live and archived on http://www.artofcraftsmanship.com

LVMH and Social Responsibility Initiatives in New York City and Around the World

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Bernard Arnault are deeply committed to supporting socially responsible initiatives, including sponsoring projects worldwide that celebrate the arts, encourage contemporary creation, preserve cultural heritage, promote environmental sustainability, support young talent, and further art de vivre.

As part of this, in recent years, LVMH Inc. in North America has undertaken a number of initiatives to support Mayor Bloomberg in making New York a “Greener, Greater” city. In addition to creating “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York”, these include sponsoring “Bike in Style,” a program in which LVMH Inc. worked with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and others to promote healthy, environmentally friendly bicycle commuting. LVMH Inc. also partnered with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) to support emerging composers and musical talent, including sponsoring a national call for an original orchestral work based on the theme: “A Greener New York City.”

For further information on LVMH’s Social Responsibility initiatives, visit www.lvmh.com under Patron of the Arts and Social Solidarity.

About LVMH

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the world's leading luxury goods group. The Group is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Château d'Yquem, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere Vodka, Chopin, 10 Cane, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Green Point, Cape Mentelle, Newton. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury brand, as well as Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, and StefanoBi. LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Parfums Kenzo, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh). LVMH is also active in selective retailing through DFS, Sephora in Europe and the United States, Le Bon Marché and la Samaritaine. LVMH's Watches and Jewelry division comprises TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Christian Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Limited, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

About Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons The New School for Design has been a pioneer in art and design education for more than a century. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. A student-centered curriculum allows for both focused and interdisciplinary learning, with unparalleled internship opportunities and industry partnerships laying the groundwork for entrepreneurship and professional success. An integral part of The New School, Parsons builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship, and pedagogy. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.parsons.newschool.edu.

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Contacts

Press Contact for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.:
Claire-Aude Staraci, 212-931-2734
PR & Communications Manager
claire-aude.staraci@lvmhny.com
or
Kekst and Company
Molly Morse, 212-521-4800
molly-morse@kekst.com
or
Press Contact for Parsons The New School for Design:
Kate McCormick, 212-229-5667 x4310
Communications and External Affairs
mccork00@newschool.edu
or
Phil & Co
Marissa Dwyer, 212-905-3435
marissa@philandcompany.com
or
Press Contact for Governors Island:
Elizabeth Rapuano, 212-440-2205
Director of Marketing & Communications
erapuano@empire.state.ny.us

Contacts

Press Contact for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.:
Claire-Aude Staraci, 212-931-2734
PR & Communications Manager
claire-aude.staraci@lvmhny.com
or
Kekst and Company
Molly Morse, 212-521-4800
molly-morse@kekst.com
or
Press Contact for Parsons The New School for Design:
Kate McCormick, 212-229-5667 x4310
Communications and External Affairs
mccork00@newschool.edu
or
Phil & Co
Marissa Dwyer, 212-905-3435
marissa@philandcompany.com
or
Press Contact for Governors Island:
Elizabeth Rapuano, 212-440-2205
Director of Marketing & Communications
erapuano@empire.state.ny.us