Lectra-ESCP Europe Chair: Innovation for the fashion industry
Founded in 2014, the Lectra-ESCP Europe Fashion and Technology Chair positions itself at the crossroads of innovation and research.
The Chair focuses on two equally important objectives. The first one is to gain better understanding about fashion industry innovations, from novel business models to cutting-edge technology. The second one is to diffuse that knowledge to help fashion and luxury companies prepare for the future.
"Innovation is part of Lectra’s DNA. For over 40 years, we have supported changes in the fashion industry and contributed to our customers’ development. Our technological breakthroughs help them achieve operational excellence, as well as design and adopt new business models." Daniel Harari, CEO, Lectra
The Chair promotes technology as a catalyst for innovation in the fashion industry among students and alumni. This will be one of the themes studied by ESCP students each year and the subject of research projects and professional thesis.
Conferences and round-tables also offer a broader audience the opportunity to discuss fashion industry’s hot topics with leading industry experts and high-profile panelists.
"Our commitment to future professionals and innovation has led us to create the Fashion and Technology Chair with ESCP Europe, a forward-looking global business school. We share a common goal: to contribute, through teaching and research, to the emergence of new innovation strategies for the fashion industry." Daniel Harari, CEO, Lectra
Lectra and ESCP Europe started collaborating in 2011 with the foundation of i7, the Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness. The Fashion and Technology Chair is the next step in this cooperation and intends to create a teaching and research dynamic that focuses on the interaction between fashion, technology and innovation.
For the past three years, the Chair has explored the specific strategies at play in the industry, as well as fashion companies’ approaches to technology in areas as varied as product design, collection development and supply chain management. The Chair addresses the challenges of digital transformation and the emergence of higher value-added business models in developing countries, particularly China.
ABout ESCP EuropeEstablished in 1819, ESCP Europe is one of the world's oldest business school and has educated generations of leaders and entrepreneurs. With a true European identity and six campuses located in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Turin, ESCP Europe provides a cross-cultural business education and a global perspective on international management issues. ESCP Europe welcomes 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 different countries every year. The School's alumni network totals 45,000 members representing 200 nationalities.