On Thursday, March 31st, Members and guests of the FACC-NY gathered at the Sofitel New York for the inaugural French-American Luxury Symposium, which focused on the theme of "Innovation and Tradition: A Paradox Rich in Opportunity".
At a critical moment for the Luxury sector, this sold-out and unprecedented full-day event brought together 38 speakers, moderators and keynote presenters, as well as nearly 200 high-level executives and industry decision-makers.
Diverse brands represented included Baccarat, Chanel, The Estée Lauder Companies, Eurazeo, Google, L'Oréal USA, LVMH, Marriott International, Inc., Nespresso USA, OAK, Oscar de la Renta, Rent The Runway, Shinola, Tiffany & Co., Tommy John, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more.
The full program and list of speakers are available here.
Exclusive PLATINUM Sponsorship was generously provided by Dentons; GOLD Sponsorship was provided by Cartier and WeiserMazars & Mazars; SILVER Sponsorship was provided by BNP Paribas and Concise; BRONZE Sponsorship was provided by Deloitte, ESSEC Business School, Havas Luxe, HEC Paris, IWD and LVMH. JLL was the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor. Air France and Delta Air Lines provided support as the Exclusive Official Airline Partners of the FACC-NY. Vendôme Global Partners provided strategic direction to the event.
Gifts for the speakers were provided by LVMH, the Sofitel New York and zChocolat.
Elsa Berry, President of the FACC and Founder of Vendôme Global Partners, opened the day with welcoming remarks. Attendees then heard from keynote speaker Luca Solca, Managing Director, Global Luxury Goods, Exane BNP Paribas, who offered a snapshot of the "Luxury Market: A Rapidly Changing Landscape".
Morning Panel discussions focused on "Strong Heritage Brands", "Contemporary and Digitally Innovative Brands" and "Customer-Centricity".
Over lunch, Frederic Cumenal, CEO of Tiffany & Co., offered a keynote presentation on "Embracing Heritage and Innovation," noting the synergies and symbioses that heritage and innovation share.
Afternoon Panels discussed "Finding the Right Financial Partner", "Creative Leadership and the C-Suite", and "Corporate Social Responsibility".
Lawrence Lenihan, Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, concluded the day with a presentation on "Fashion and Luxury Retail: The Next 10 Years".
To end the content-rich event, attendees had the opportunity to network at an open-bar Cocktail Reception in the Sofitel's Gaby Restaurant.
The French-American Luxury Symposium was widely covered by the press. Media Partners included CNBC, Luxury Daily, BFM Business, New York Post, Digiday, French Morning, WWD and France-Amérique.
The full list of press coverage is available here.
Photos from the event are below.