NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, in partnership with the Chinese-American Planning Council (“CPC”) and Parsons The New School for Design (“Parsons”) today announced the launch of LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail: A CPC/Parsons Collaboration, an education program designed to train and provide a wide range of retail skills to Chinese-Americans, including those from underprivileged families and individuals who have recently immigrated to the United States, to help them in gaining employment in luxury retailing. The program has partial funding from The Robin Hood Foundation (“Robin Hood”), New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.
The program will be approximately ten weeks in duration, including classroom education at Parsons followed by an internship program working in a retail store of one of the LVMH Group brands. The classroom sessions will be led by Parsons professors, as well as LVMH managers and training professionals. Topics covered in the classes will range from fashion history and understanding consumer trends to retail operations, communications and teamwork skills.
Through the CPC, recruitment of students to participate in the first session is beginning immediately in the Chinese-American community. Application to the program is open to English and Mandarin-speaking members of the community, who are currently low wage workers, under- or unemployed with a high school diploma or its equivalent and are passionate about fashion and retail. The first session will begin in March 2014, and two additional sessions are planned later in 2014. For more information about eligibility and enrollment, please contact the CPC (information provided below).
Chantal Gaemperle, Group EVP, Human Resources and Synergies at LVMH, which conceived the concept for the education and training program, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the CPC and Parsons, with support from Robin Hood, to launch a unique training program for Chinese-Americans: our aim is to help job-seekers seize opportunities in the luxury retail business. The program’s combined classroom and in-store training will develop talent with Mandarin-language skills, allowing the graduates to acquire the necessary basics as well as the confidence for a successful career within our demanding sector. This project also addresses a specific need among luxury retail stores to best serve their Chinese-speaking customers while boosting career advancement opportunities for the community in New York City.”
David Chen, Executive Director of the CPC, said, “With close to five decades of experience in connecting new immigrants to new challenges and opportunities, CPC is confident that this joint effort by LVMH and Parsons will bring unprecedented results in creating new career paths for the many untapped talents in the Chinese-American community.”
Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons, said, “At Parsons, we believe that design education and design thinking have broad application. As designers and educators, we have a responsibility to think about the social and political aspects of our work. This program with the CPC and LVMH is a prime example of design world initiatives which have a real, positive impact.”
Christine AuYeung, program officer of Robin Hood, said, “Keeping New Yorkers out of poverty is our central mission at Robin Hood, and to achieve that we are constantly seeking innovative programs that accomplish this goal and give people the skills they need to support themselves and their families. To that end, we are proud to join this endeavor with LVMH, the CPC and Parsons in establishing this unique project that provides training and on-the-job experience so as to increase the skills and career opportunities for one of New York City’s largest immigrant communities.”
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Wen Jun, Belvedere, 10 Cane, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton et Numanthia. Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Loro Piana and Berluti. 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 as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, la Samaritaine and Royal Van Lent. LVMH's Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.
Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. 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.newschool.edu/parsons.
About the CPC
Founded in 1965, the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) is one of the largest nonprofit providers of educational, social, and community services for Asian Americans in the United States. It now serves over 8,000 people daily through over 50+ programs in 25 locations citywide. It administers community services, child care, youth services, workforce development, senior services, home attendant services, housing, and cultural services. CPC’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Chinese Americans in New York City by providing access to services, skills and resources toward the goal of economic self-sufficiency and integration into the American mainstream.
CPC Contact Information:
For further information about program participation and enrollment, please contact CPC Workforce Development at (212) 941-0041, 165 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002.