A French cultural experience: fashion, gastronomy, perfumes

Paris is a dream city for anyone interested in fashion, culture, history, arts... French craftsmanship and savoir-faire are recognized worldwide and build on centuries of history as well as the most innovative techniques. What better way of understanding the keys to French savoir-faire than experiencing some of them yourself?

afrenchculturalexperienceThe program is offered jointly by IFM and La Fabrique, one of France's finest schools of applied arts (leather goods, interior design) and fashion. It includes courses taught by top faculty and experts, 3 practical workshops to experience French fashion and luxury hands-on, as well as guided visits to exceptional venues.


  • To analyze the foundations of French culture and French lifestyle
  • To apprehend the creative process
  • To comprehend the specificities of French craftsmanship
  • To understand what makes Paris unique in terms of creation
  • To experiment three aspects of creation around leatherwork, cuisine and perfumery

Course topics include:

  • French luxury: a historical and contemporary view
  • French fashion history and contemporary designers
  • Paris as a creative brand
  • The work and the creative process of a perfumer
  • French Art de vivre in gastronomy, wine and beauty
  • French culture and its influence in different sectors
  • Know-how and craftsmanship: key strategic assets
  • Know-how and territory: the importance of local culture
  • Specificities of iconic leathergoods from three luxury houses: Hermès, Chanel and Vuitton

Workshop 1: Discovery of leathergoods and saddlery at La Fabrique

  • Different kinds of leather and their uses
  • Demonstration of saddle stitching
  • DIY: making a leather wallet

Workshop 2: Discovery of gastronomy at Ferrandi Paris, France's leading school in culinary arts

  • The creative process of a chef
  • Discovery of different fine gourmet homes of Paris Rive Gauche
  • DIY: making and tasting a French pastry specialty with a chef

Workshop 3: Discovery of perfumes and the creative process of a perfumer at ISIPCA, one of France's top schools in Perfumery and Cosmetics

  • Raw materials specific to making a perfume
  • DIY: designing and making an Eau de Toilette

Visits include:

  • Visit of a Parisian Métier d'Art Workshop
  • Guided visit of Baccarat Museum
  • Guided visit of Exhibition "Fashion Forward : 3 Fashion Centuries"
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs

This program alternates between knowledge input, workshops in some of France's finest applied art schools and field trips in Paris. You will be given the opportunity to visit exceptional places and to experience French savoir-faire.


IFM Paris – LA FABRIQUE Paris – FERRANDI Paris – ISIPCA Versailles


This program is open to university-level students, recent graduates and young adults from any academic background who have an interest in fashion, gastronomy, perfumes and French culture. No previous experience or knowledge of the subject is required.

Dates: From Monday 3rd to Thursday 13th July 2017
Hours: from 10am to 5pm
Price: € 1,800 (VAT included)
12 participants maximum
English-taught program

Register online



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