Pictured: Guglielmo Melegari, president and CEO, Pomellato USA; Simon Collins, Board member and creative consultant, Parsons School of Design; Christophe de Pous, president & CEO, Gucci America.

Pictured: Thomas Serrano, president, Havas Luxe; Robert Chavez, president and CEO, Hermès of Paris, Inc.; Luca Voarino, president and CEO, Balenciagal; Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge, president, The Luxury Education Foundation; Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia University; Russel L. Carson, professor of finance and economics, Columbia University; Marla Sabo, partner, Fireman Capital; Henri Barguirdjian, president and CEO, Graff USA; Jessica Corr, assistant professor of design, Parsons School of Design; Maz Zouhairi, president and CEO, Lalique; Fabio Leoncini, COO, Luxury Goods, Loro Piana.

Kay Unger, fashion designer and Board chair, Parsons School of Design; Joel Towers, executive dean, Parsons School of Design.

Pictured: Kristina Buckley, vice president of communications, Van Cleef & Arpels; Sophie Biscard, vice president of marketing and operations, Van Cleef & Arpels; Jessica Corr, assistant professor of design, Parsons School of Design; and Kia Schwaninger, senior jewelry designer, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Pictured: Patty Yaghmaei, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley; Kia Lowe, marketing manager for eye makeup, Lancôme Paris; Gilles Mendel, designer, J Mendel; and Neva Alsheik, account director, AppNexus.

Barbara Cirkva, division president, Fashion, Watches & Fine Jewerly, CHANEL, Inc.

Barbara Cirkva, division president, Fashion, Watches & Fine Jewerly, CHANEL, Inc.; Chloe Thevenoz, senior jewelry marketing manager, Cartier; Peter Skeadas, senior manager, Loyalty Partnerships, American Express; Adaobi Kanu, head of Customer Experience, Maclaren; Robert Chavez, president and CEO, Hermès of Paris, Inc.

Attendees gathered in The New School's John L. Tishman Auditorium for Luxury Education Foundation's 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Luxury Education Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A who’s who of the fashion and design industry packed The New School on March 23 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Luxury Education Foundation and its educational partnership with Parsons School of Design and Columbia Business School.

Held at The New School’s University Center, the event showcased 10 iconic design and marketing projects from LEF’s interdisciplinary Master Class, a semester-long class in which students from Parsons and Columbia collaboratively develop product and marketing concepts for Ferragamo, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cadillac, Cartier and Lalique.

The program benefits both students and businesses: Students learn from senior executives at the world’s leading luxury goods companies; businesses benefit from an influx of creative energy that leads to fresh new concepts.

At the event, LEF also launched its tenth program, the Luxury Craftsmanship Workshop. For the course, Parsons selected 16 highly accomplished students to work in four teams of four with expert craftsmen from participating luxury companies.

The 10th anniversary event was co-chaired by LEF board member Henri Barguirdjian, President & CEO, Graff USA; and Thomas Serrano, President, Havas Luxe. The celebration is expected to draw 350 guests, from LEF alumni and key players from the luxury industry.