As you buy your next designer outfit, stop and think, for a moment, about the extremely labour intensive process involved - the research, the development and the technical skill, the dense concentration of talent, craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, which together function like an ecosystem in which each of the parts help sustain the whole, and then, the graduates, who, working against the odds, thrust themselves into a fiercely competitive world, where skills and ideas are essential to success.
Indeed, supporting a new generation of young talent is crucial for the future of the entire fashion system.
French luxury conglomerate Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Brioni, is intent on making sure that it is one step ahead of the game. Indeed, Kering recently launched an internship programme together with Vogue Italia to help young people gain a foothold in the fashion sector.
This follows on from Kering’s sponsorship of an annual competition in partnership with Parsons The New School of Design, Empowering Imagination, aimed at students of the New York school.
Kering will offer 23 paid internships, based in Switzerland, Italy and France across numerous departments including the style and creative department, product development, marketing and communications, public relations, visual merchandising, merchandising and digital. The paid internship will be governed by contracts based on local laws,
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, said: “Attracting, retaining and developing talent is a priority for Kering and its brands. Nurturing talent is part and parcel of Kering’s philosophy of Empowering Imagination.”
Vogue Italia will help select candidates for eight of the group’s labels: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard and Pomellato. Candidates have until November 30 to submit their project along with a resumé and a 30-second video presentation. Kering staff and the brands themselves will select a short list of candidates and those who succeed will join one of the Kering brands starting in January 2014.