The Luxury Education
Foundation, launched on December 30, 2004, is a public not-for-profit
organization that focuses its efforts on educational programs. LEF
is the proud sponsor of an interdisciplinary course involving professors
and students from the Columbia Business School and Parsons School
of Design. The goal is to allow design and marketing students to
collaborate in small teams to fully understand the critical role
they each play behind any successful luxury brand.
During the semester-long
course, the class acts as an incubator for new ideas, in order to
create more than just another product, but rather to build a new
business and develop insights on innovative ways of addressing the
customer. By creating a challenging environment for students, participating
companies offer unique exposure to the professional skills needed
to succeed in the luxury industry. This practical and firsthand
experience is invaluable to students pursuing careers in the design
and marketing fields of this sector.
involvement from world-renowned companies, the Luxury Education
Foundation is pacing its growth to attract select firms and organizations
that are leaders in all areas of the luxury industry.
for its global and cutting-edge curriculum, Columbia Business
School is one of the leading business schools in the world.
In addition to its renowned MBA program, Columbia Business School
offers the prestigious Executive MBA (EMBA) and non-degree Executive
Education programs. The School’s faculty is comprised of internationally
respected professors and includes Joseph Stiglitz, who won the Nobel
Prize in economics in 2001 and was the chair for President Clinton’s
Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997.
School of Design
Located in the
heart of New York City, Parsons School of Design,
a division of New School University, is one of the largest degree-granting
colleges of art and design in the nation, with more than 3,000 students
in degreed programs, and 2,500 non-degree students from all 50 states
and approximately 60 countries. The School’s Dean is Paul
Goldberger. In addition to its New York campuses, Parsons has affiliate
schools in Paris, France; Kanazawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and
at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Undergraduate degrees
are offered in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design
and Management, Design and Technology, Fashion Design, Fine Arts,
Illustration, Integrated Design, Interior Design, Photography, Product
Design. Graduate degrees are granted in Architecture, Design and
Technology, Lighting Design, Fine Arts, Photography, and the History
of Decorative Arts and Design Associates (AAS) degrees are offered
in Fashion Marketing, Fashion Studies, Graphic Design, and Interior
Design. For more information about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.edu.
Design Lab is a center at Parsons that facilitates educational projects
with external partners like the Luxury Education Foundation. Since
it’s founding in 2003, the Design Lab has coordinated interdisciplinary
projects with corporations and nonprofit organizations that span
the range of design disciplines taught at Parsons, including architectural
design, communication design, design and technology, fashion design,
and product design. In addition to the Luxury Education Foundation,
current and recent partners include Siemens, Fossil, Daimler Chrysler,
Microsoft, the Sierra Club and Samsung.
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