The students of the Loro Piana Knitwear métiers

MILAN LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has expanded its scope with two new partnerships in Italy.

Founded in Paris in 2014, the luxury group’s vocational training program aims to promote, enhance and ensure the transmission of know-how that involves artisanal craftsmanship, creative and retail skills.

The training programs focus on women’s dressmaking and knitwear manufacturing.

The former, kicking off in October, will enable eight students to learn the skills and techniques to become creators of exceptional garments through one-year courses at the Roman Maria Antonietta Massoli Tailor Academy, which was established in 2015 in collaboration with Fendi.

“The IME-Accademia Massoli partnership is an important initiative for Fendi, confirming our commitment to transmitting unique savoir-faire in tailoring,” said Fendi chairman and chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig.

“It also embodies our desire to show young generations that métiers in craftsmanship in the luxury industry represent a real opportunity. This new program with Accademia Massoli is thus a unique chance to train the tailors of the future,” he added.

The knitwear program actually kicked off in June at the Accademia dei Mestieri Loro Piana, founded in 2015 in Italy’s Lombardy region. Nine students are taking part in the six-month training to learn the fundamentals of knitwear.

“Knitwear is a Loro Piana excellence, for which we are widely recognized. Our mission is to share the savoir-faire and great passion of our craftsmen with younger generations, showing them the opportunities related to the beauty of creating something unique with their hands,” said Loro Piana ceo Fabio d’Angelantonio. “The partnership between our Accademia dei Mestieri and IME is crucial as it is an opportunity to build on our work in synergy with the other IME programs.”

The launch of these two initiatives brings to seven the number of IME work/study programs offered in Italy.

They include a program teaching technical expertise in assembling women’s footwear in collaboration with the Politecnico Calzaturiero in Capriccio di Vigonza, near Padua; a “Master in Luxury, Customer Adviser” developed by Venice’s Università Ca’ Foscari and its Challenge School division; a program training men’s shoe artisans developed by the Berluti Académie du Savoir-faire in Ferrara, as well as two programs with Polimoda and For.Al in leather goods craftsmanship and jewelry, respectively.