“Defining Luxury in a Defining Moment”

The Luxury Education Foundation held its Fourth Annual Luxury Round Table at Columbia Business School where students, alumni, and industry guests of LEF gathered for an intimate panel discussion designed to encourage and educate students interested in the luxury industry.

This year’s Round Table focused on the existing landscape of luxury as shaped by our current economic climate. The diverse panel of luxury executives offered their insights and perspectives on current issues, trends, and challenges facing the luxury industry, including defining luxury in a defining moment, the impact on distribution and communication, the fight against counterfeiting, and the current state of luxury in emerging markets.

LEF was delighted to welcome students from Columbia Business School and Parsons the New School for Design, as well as Masters students from the University of Westminster’s Fashion Business Management program. Through such events as the Luxury Round Table, LEF continues to offer students the rare opportunity to have an intimate dialogue with presidents and CEO’s of leading luxury companies, and to provide an impressive platform for luxury and education to thrive.

This year’s event focused on “Defining Luxury in a Defining Moment”, and featured the below panelists:

HENRI BARGUIRDJIAN
President & CEO GRAFF USA

ROBERT CHAVEZ
President & CEO, HERMÈS of PARIS

BARBARA CIRKVA
Division President, Fashion, Watches, and Fine Jewelry, CHANEL Inc.

PIERRE FAY
Executive Vice President of Whole, LUXOTTICA GROUP

Moderated by:

KETTY MAISONROUGE,
President, LUXURY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Adjunct Professor, COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL