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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.

With active 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.

Columbia Business School

Widely admired 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.

Parson 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.

The Parsons 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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