L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewellery Arts, Will Open First International Campus In Hong Kong
Seven years ago, with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewellery Arts, opened its doors in Place Vendôme for aspiring jewellery designers and makers to learn from the best.
“L’ÉCOLE’s offerings break down barriers to the vast and enchanting world of jewellery for everyone,” Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, says.
Following three successful pop-up programmes in Hong Kong over the last five years, and despite holding similar programmes in Tokyo, New York, and Dubai, since 2013, L’ÉCOLE has now decided to establish its second campus—and its first ever international home—in Hong Kong.
"In less than a decade, L’ÉCOLE has already welcomed over 30,000 alumni from 50 different nationalities worldwide through its courses and talks and 32,000 visitors to its exceptional exhibitions," said Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels. "We are looking forward to giving more people access to L’ÉCOLE’s expertise and unique offerings through our support of the second permanent campus in Hong Kong."
Under the name L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, the campus will be housed at K11 MUSEA at Victoria Dockside, which is owned and operated by Tatler Lister Adrian Cheng, founder of the K11 Art Foundation and one of the city’s most prominent figures in promoting creativity and the arts.
The school, which is set to open this fall, will launch with 17 course topics under three core themes of Savoir-Faire (Craftsmanship), Art History of Jewelry, and The Universe of Gemstones. Committed to providing a truly personal approach to education, each class will be restricted to 12 students. Lacking inspiration? Head to the library, which houses over 600 books on all things fine jewellery.
L’ÉCOLE will also be hosting workshops for young people, quarterly evening conversations and curated exhibitions showcasing brilliant jewellery from private collections around the world—a first in Hong Kong.
Watch this space.
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