Saint Laurent has partnered with the Institut Français de la Mode and the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to collaborate with emerging designers on sustainability and innovation at the brand.
The six month program will give students from both schools the opportunity to learn from the fashion brand’s design team at Saint Laurent’s headquarters.
The first course, which is part of 25 courses aimed at helping students develop their craft and creativity, will start this September and end in March 2018. The program will conclude with student presentations to a jury of the schools’ faculty and Saint Laurent’s team.
The program is part of Kering’s broader mission to lower the fashion conglomerate’s environmental impact by 2025 through sustainability and innovation efforts.
“Investing in talents is an imperative condition to build on our success even further,” Francesca Bellettini, president and CEO of Saint Laurent, told WWD. “I am very proud of this partnership with such renowned and prestigious institutions as the IFM and ECSCP, which will greatly contribute to the implementation of our strategy.”