Going through the mirror at Chaumet

Joséphine de Beauharnais with a Chaumet tiara

October 18th, 2017. Amazing “professor experience” proposed by LVMH. Visit of Chaumet museum on Place Vendôme. A Discovery of the history of Chaumet house and its relation to French History.

Chaumet was founded by Marie-Étienne Nitot in 1780. In 1802, Nitot was appointed court jeweller to Emperor Napoleon I and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais. Among the beautiful jewels and diadems created for the royalties, the most famous piece is probably the sword of Napoleon coronation,  crowned with the huge 141-carat Regent Diamond.

A famous resident of the house was Chopin who wrote his last composition, the Mazurka in G Minor in the majestic Grand Salon with a view on Place Vendôme and died in the house on October 1849.

In the evening, I was invited to the Christian Dior exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Blessed to be the LVMH Professor Ambassador at EDHEC.

Hyatt Palais de La Méditerranée with EDHEC Hospitality students

Sea View from a Suite (source: MC.Cervellon)

On October 11, twenty students (EDHEC BBA 4th year specialized in Hospitality and Event Management) visited the iconic Palais de la Méditerranée on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. This 5-star hotel opened on January 1929 as a “Palais des Plaisirs” targeting the wealthy foreigners that visited the French Riviera during the Golden Age. When the building, designed by the architects Charles and Marcel Dalmas in the 20’s, was renovated from 2001 to 2004, the front was protected as part of the “20th century heritage” label. The interior of the building was decorated with respect to the Art Deco style, but modernized to align on the most stringent standards of the hospitality sector. In 2013, Qatar investors Constellation Hotels Holdings purchased the Palais de la Méditerranée, together with Hotel Martinez in Cannes, Hotel du Louvre and Concorde Lafayette in Paris. The Hyatt group is in charge of the management of the Hotel, and as such Palais de la Méditerranée integrated the Hyatt Regency portfolio. Students visited the magnificent ballrooms, a suite with a view on the sea and the swimming pool and restaurant areas.

Terrasse over the sea (Source: MC. Cervellon)

Next, Laurence Dozol (Senior Event Planning Manager) and Laurent Drouard (Director of Operations) gave a talk on the creation of a luxury experience, the importance of wowing the customer and paying attention to details. Students were immersed in Hyatt organizational culture, caring for customers and staff alike, through a series of videos, many of them created internally by Palais de La Mediterranée employees. Watch the video “The World of Hyatt” on YouTube that encapsulates the Hyatt Human-Centered approach to doing business. Thank you to the Hyatt team for sharing your passion with our students! Great employer branding!

With L. MENVIELLE, Dir EDHEC BBA Hospitality and Event Management and students

 

 

Luxe Pack Monaco 2017: tradition and innovation

EDHEC BBA students visited Luxe Pack Monaco today, the occasion to discover and comment packaging innovations in different sectors, like Fragrances and Cosmetics or Wine and Spirits (read the comments they make to this post). This year, two new spaces provide a source of inspiration.

First, a “Living Heritage Hub” is dedicated to the best craftsmen in France (Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant) with Ephtée, Maison Fey, Crézé, Fonderie d’Art Macheret, Atelier Philippe Martial and Cristallerie Saint-Paul, all compagnies having in common excellence and traditional manufacturing.

Second, a multisensorial space proposes an immersive experience “Test your senses” in partnership with Mat&Sens. The space is organized around four major trends in luxury (source S.Truchi, IFOP) and their translation into emotions, sensations and packaging materials that we can touch:

  • Engagement with brands that truly commit, which leads to revisit The Nature through vegetal moss, mushrooms, sand, and wood composite
  • The reign of Singularity and self-expression with materials such as 3D textile or mix of acrylic and metal
  • Non-conformity and opposition to social codes and social expectations, translated through unusal materials such as cow stomach or ray skin
  • A New Vision of Time, a slow-time which allows consumers to enjoy the moment, through bamboo silk and translucent alabaster

Among the many conferences which were organized this year,  the conference “Creative Packaging for a drinking experience beyond the ordinary” explained the process leading to the launch of DIAGEO’s Tanqueray Gin Cage, an amazing bottle much discussed by students (read comments below).

TAG Heuer: Digital transformation in Swiss watchmaking

In March 2015, TAG Heuer announced the launch of a connected watch at the Baselworld show. It was considered a paradigm shift in the traditional Swiss watch sector. Describe the challenges that TAG Heuer had to overcome to develop this connected watch. Are connected watches a threat or an opportunity to the (mechanical) Swiss watch sector? To provide rationales to your answers, watch both videos below, the first one introduces TAG Heuer  connected watch in November 2015; the second one introduces the modular 45 watch in March 2017.