Accessories are a growing sector that offers real job opportunities. The IFM Design School’s "Accessories" major was established in 2008.
IFM Accessory Design graduates now work at Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Pierre Hardy, Diesel, Burberry, Nina Ricci, Tom Ford, Versace, Martin Margiela … or have set up their own brands like Natalia Brilli.
Here are a few of the companies that actively participate in the creation of prototypes: Louis Vuitton, Robert Clergerie, JM Weston, Eram (shoes)… Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Tila March (bags)… Christian Dior, Paule Ka, Patrick Hoet, Chantal Thomass (glasses)…
LEATHER GOODS (PERSONAL COLLECTION AND FOR A BRAND) / Design & prototypes
After an experimental workshop on bags, this module involves developing a collection of 25 leather accessories (bags, gloves, belts…). On the basis of a strong creative proposal, understanding technical constraints, outlining a collection plan, pre-models, technical specifications and supervision of the prototype within the company. Finishing: textiles, leather, metal. Reorganizing the collection in preparation for the launch.
GLASSES (PERSONAL COLLECTION and FOR A BRAND / Design & prototypes
On the basis of a brief supplied by partner companies, this module involves designing a collection of 7 pairs of glasses (6 pairs of sunglasses, 1 pair of spectacles). Immersing oneself in the brand’s values and creative dimension. Selecting the best designs before producing prototypes with the partner companies.
SHOE COLLECTION (FOR A BRAND) / Design & prototypes
On the basis of a brief supplied by partner companies, this module entails creating a shoe collection. Mastering all of the parameters, from high technology to pure aesthetics. Organizing and balancing the collection. Presenting the research results to the brand managers. Selecting the best designs before the production of the prototypes. Developing and supervising the prototype within the company.
PRODUCTION & FINANCIAL PLAN
Putting together patterns, material specifications, technical specifications for each model before the production of a prototype. Supervising the production of the prototype within the company. Analyzing the cost of the prototypes. Writing a letter of intent, a strategic and a financial plan. Presenting the research to financial specialists in the fashion sector.
INNOVATION & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Understanding the theoretical and practical implications of sustainable development. In a joint workshop with students from the Postgraduate Fashion, Design and Luxury Management Program, exploring possibilities for implementing an ecological approach to textile design.
COMMUNICATION: BRAND, ARTISTIC DIRECTION AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING
Exploring brand concept. Analyzing the communication and advertising policies of the different houses. Creating a coherent image on the basis of varied visuals.
Analyzing space, the concept of display and web design. Working on a portfolio and meeting with HR directors from the sector.