LIM to Host the “In Pursuit of Luxury” Conference
May 6, 2016
On Friday, May 6, the LIM College Townhouse will be the site for the In Pursuit of Luxury conference, which will focus on commercial and academic perspectives on luxury. This event provides a platform to examine and expand the understanding of the concepts of luxury and to provide a refreshing context to the debates surrounding the subject. Presenters will take a critical look at a range of issues, some well-established, others neglected — providing a focus for the exploration of luxury's past, present and future.
Topics explored will include: architecture & interior design in luxury flagship stores, cultural capital, work & production, craft & design, sustainability, and technology. Fashion designer Maria Grachvogel will be the keynote speaker.
In an effort to look further into the changing realities of the luxury sector, LIM’s Dean of Graduate Studies, Jacqueline M. Jenkins, will chair a panel at 6 p.m. that will discuss the future of luxury with regards to market perception, consumer expectations, and operating company business models.
Panelists will include:
Father Andrew More O’Connor, founder of the non-profit organization Goods of Conscience, a made-to-order apparel line made from “social fabric” grown and processed in Guatemala from indigenous cotton using sustainable methods
Patrick Mathieu, of PATRICK MATHIEU Recherche & Conseil, who will discuss how firms with radically different cultures and offerings (such as Hermès and Apple) can successfully work together
Phillippe Soussand, former CFO of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton- North America, who will discuss the financial pressure involved in maintaining a profitable luxury offering
This event is a collaboration between The School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and LIM.
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