Class of 2010-11
“The consultants and guest speakers who contributed to the MSc Luxury & Fashion Management were from the top management of some amazing companies: Manuel Mallen, CEO of Baume & Mercier France; Francesco Giliberti, tax manager of the Gucci Group, Jacques Molas, former CEO of RSW: Laurent Lecamp, Multibrand & Multizone director of Forum Distribution; Karin Maisant, sales director of Vertu Cannes, among others… We were able to ask them anything we wanted to know about.
I found a job before the year was up. I will be working for Elite Rent, a Swiss luxury car rental company. I’ll be working in their French Riviera office, in charge of marketing and brand improvement. I’ll also be in charge of international booking.
The content of the MSc helped me to convince my employer that I could help its business and be a real asset for the firm.”
Class of 2009-10
"I'm very satisfied with my year doing the MSc Luxury and Fashion Management. I've learned a lot about the luxury and fashion field, as well as deepening my understanding of company strategy in the luxury sector.
We had so many lectures from professionals of different luxury companies! One of them I remember particularly well was from Richemont; that was great!
Complementing our courses in luxury and fashion, we had classes in Strategy, Finance and Research Methods. These were excellent classes too, and - I would say - a necessary part of any effective business management education.
The MSc has enhanced my autonomy and initiative as well as giving me the opportunity and environment in which to perfect my English.
I now have a strong theoretical knowledge base while the MSc's emphasis on practical application has given me the confidence and the know-how to hit the ground running from the first day on the job.
I've started my internship at Lacoste. I'm working in e-Commerce. There's plenty to do: Lacoste just opened its first online shop in France and will be opening online shops for the UK and Germany in a couple of months. I'm also working on competitive business intelligence for Lacoste. It's really interesting!"
Class of 2013-14
"What an experience! I have never met so many professionals. They came from a variety of fields in luxury and fashion, from PPR, Vertu, Cyrus Watches, Baume & Mercier and many other large luxury companies.
I was already passionate about watches so took the opportunity we got on the MSc to attend the two most famous watch exhibitions, SIHH and Baselworld. I came back home from those events with an expanded network and a number of contacts.
Thanks to that, I found my internship at the famous watchmaking company Tissot, part of the Swatch Group.
This year has given me a real overview of the market, the specificities of this world, and an international way of thinking about luxury. I am sure that this experience has allowed me to get my first permanent job at Tissot."
Class of 2014-15
"The MSc Luxury & Fashion Management guarantees students the opportunity to develop strong skills and abilities in international luxury brand management.
I joined this MSc in order to complete my training and pursue my professional project.
Thanks to this experience, I’m now an international press officer intern at the Givenchy Head Office in Paris (LVMH Group).
I'm now using the skills acquired during the programme to complete my internship objectives. There's a good chance there'll be a job offer at the end!"
Class of 2012-13
"Doing the Luxury & Fashion Management MSc at SKEMA is one of my very greatest achievements.
Living in the south of France has been a real luxury. These past nine months have helped me understand French culture and another mindset. In this globalised business world, those who are able to adapt to cultural differences will boost their company’s success.
As a result of studying this MSc, I am now starting a luxury business focused mainly on watches: rare time pieces, limited editions – less visible brands.
I am able to apply what I’ve learned on the MSc to my own business straight away.
I’ve also had help and support from the programme director and a professor to start up my business.
If you, new students, know where you are heading, the MSc Luxury & Fashion Management will help you understand what luxury is all about, and how to create a luxury brand."
"A good deal of the lecturers come from companies (BETC Design, Cyrus Watches, Swarovski…) sharing their views, insights and advice.
On the MSc, I worked with people of different nationalities and backgrounds – great preparation for what awaits you in any international company.
I’ve gained an understanding of what luxury is.
I now feel much more confident about my future career opportunities."
"It has been a real pleasure to attend the MSc Luxury & Fashion Management. The classes have been very appropriate to what I aspire to do in the very near future.
Being interested in the luxury watchmaking industry, I had the luck to meet and study with interesting professionals from this industry.
The MSc director and his professional team helped us get access to the best fairs in France, Switzerland and Monaco (Monaco Yacht Show, Luxepack, SIHH, BaselWorld, Top Marques Monaco) in order to extend our knowledge of luxury as well as expand our networks and maybe ultimately find an internship or a job; and this has worked for me!
The director also drew on his extensive network to bring the best speakers, such as Richard Mille, Dassault Systemes’ Cédric Laguerre or even Nike’s sportswear director Jean Leclercq, along with many other professionals from Gucci, BETC, Vertu, Elite cars, etc.
It has been a great time for me to perfect my knowledge of the different luxury markets in such an atmosphere with real international diversity as every continent was represented in highly international classes.
I’ve got my internship at Richard Mille in Paris. I'm working in the Global Marketing team with Richard Mille himself as well as the CMO."
Class of 2011-12
"What an extraordinary experience this has been!
We’ve met and worked with tremendous professionals from many fields of the luxury and fashion industries (Gucci, Cyrus Watches, PPR, BETC Design, Baume & Mercier, RSW, Vertu, Nike, Elite Cars…) For me, with a passion for watchmaking, the two professionals I appreciated above all were Jacques Molas, former marketing director of Rama Swiss Watch, and Laurent Lecamp, CEO of Cyrus Watches.
This master is not only based on theory. Our professors –highly skilled professionals– shared their experiences and their knowledge so that we’ll be able to manage in the running of daily operations in the most demanding luxury and fashion companies anywhere in the world.
We went to the most exclusive professional fairs all around the world (SIHH, Baselworld, Luxepack, Topmarques, Belles Montres, Mare di Moda …) and met and networked with the movers and shakers of this world.
I had no problem in finding my internships. I had previously worked for Hermès, and Cartier and now I’ve found an internship at Backes and Strauss, a niche and hyper luxury diamond watch company in Geneva. This job will soon become a permanent one.
The CEO of Backes and Strauss acknowledged the great input that SKEMA’s MSc Luxury and Fashion Management brought me during my studies at SKEMA and offered me a great internship that challenges me every day."
"After an intense year and two very busy semesters, I realised that choosing this MSc at SKEMA was one of the best decisions.
I not only learned different aspects of the luxury business, from strategy to innovation, but also I feel more confident and ready to work in a professional environment.
One of the best things about this MSc. was the fact that we had mostly professionals taking our classes which gave us first-hand knowledge about the business. These professionals came from companies such as Gucci and Nike and also belonging to various nationalities from as far as India and China, thus helping us in gaining global knowledge.
Besides the regular topics such as marketing, strategy, finance, business development, advertising etc. we also got the chance to study fairly new but important subjects such sustainability in luxury trade.
During the course, working in a global environment in a class consisting of 26 different nationalities, made me more confident, aware and ready for the industry."
"I've really appreciated all the input from working professionals (Gucci, Baume and Mercier, among many others) who came to teach on the MSc. That was important; it meant that we got more than the academic perspective, we also gained from these professionals' hard-earned working experience.
Here, on the French Riviera, is the perfect location to study Luxury and Fashion. France is perhaps the most important country worldwide in the luxury and fashion industries, and where we're located - right beside Italy and Switzerland - couldn't be better.
I've also enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. It's very international here. And it's been nice to get to know France and the French culture too. But all the while, everything for MSc students at SKEMA is in English- that makes it easy for us.
The teaching has been excellent. I found the teaching more creative and dynamic - less bookish - than the teaching I had experienced before. The teaching style gives students more freedom to take the learning and the classes in the direction they choose.
I am now doing a PR internship at De Beers (the diamond company) on 5th avenue, New York. De Beers is a part of the LVMH group."
"Coming from Dubai and studying the MSc in Luxury & Fashion Management at SKEMA opened the doors to a world of opportunities for me back in the Middle East where the luxury industry is booming.
The MSc balanced the teaching of theory and its practical application perfectly. It was mostly taught by leaders in the industry from a variety of companies such as Gucci, Dior, Vertu, Baume & Mercier, Nike and more.
Moreover, we had the opportunity to attend around a dozen professional fairs such as Monaco Yacht Show, SIHH Geneva, Basel World and Luxepack, all of which helped us to better understand the industry that we were dealing with and to develop and expand our networks.
We were also responsible for organising a fashion show for the Olympic Committee where a group of us worked to execute the entire show from designing and creation all the way to final presentation on the catwalk.
I will be starting my internship in Louis Vuitton during the summer where I will be working in retail operations after undergoing extensive training at the Louis Vuitton Head Office in Paris."
"This MSc has definitely been the right choice. I have gained theoretical and practical knowledge of the industry, and I've met professionals.
Thanks to this strong background, I am now a visual merchandising intern at the Jimmy Choo head office in London, with strong chances of getting a job offer after.
The company is great and I am now able to apply the skills acquired and the global culture of the fashion & luxury industry in my everyday work and missions."
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