Parsons and LVMH Get Crafty with New York Artisans

Luxury goods conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) is continuing to collaborate with budding designers and New York City. Last year, LVMH teamed with the Fashion Institute of Technology and the city’s Department of Transportation on a competition to design bicyling gear. Now they’ve partnered with Parsons The New School for Design on a more extensive project—”The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York”—that matches Parsons students with New York City artisans in fields ranging from architecture and furniture design to graphic arts and clock making. “This extraordinary program gives our students the rare chance to learn from highly skilled artisans in their studios,” said Parsons dean Joel Towers. “The students will use this project to explore their creativity in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment, and will better understand the diversity of artisan professions, who contribute to the economic and artistic engines of New York.”

After months of studio visits and discussions, 23 teams of Parsons students are now putting the finishing touches on original fashion ensembles and short documentary films that are inspired by and responsive to the work of a local artisan and the world of LVMH. Their works will be exhibited later this month at New York’s Milk Studios during MAC & MILK Fashion Week, and awards for the top three teams will be announced in late spring. Meanwhile, additional “Art of Craftsmanship” events are being planned for the spring and summer.