Louis Vuitton is consolidating its position in Asia and doing its bit for promoting the fine arts in the Asian region. The luxury conglomerate is partnering the School of Arts (Sota), Singapore and helping it develop a program in visual arts for its students. Louis Vuitton is contributing a substantial sum in six figures to support the planned program. This initiative is expected to benefit at least 60 of Sota’s visual arts students over three years. The ambitious program is scheduled to be launched next year and will have a minimum run of three years.
The program will see local and international artists from different fields being invited to participate in seminars or holding workshops. These seminars and workshops will be participative and will be open to students as well as the public. A select group of students will get the opportunity to work more closely with some of the invited artists and also be sponsored to attend relevant design festivals overseas. Mr Jean-Baptiste Debains, President of LV Asia Pacific announced the partnership at a press conference and elaborated on the details of the program being planned under the initiative.
Mr. Debains also highlighted the plans for the grand opening of LV’s flagship boutique at Marina Bay Sands in September. It is going to be the first island Maison concept store. The exclusive store will offer luxury mens- and womenswear, as well as serve as a bookstore and contemporary art gallery. The store would also have a dedicated space for an art gallery which will exhibit the works of the students of Sota. Mr. Debains emphasized that Sota will have a completely free hand in selecting the artists to be invited and designing the program. The company feels that it can make a relevant contribution to the community through such programs.