Paris 5-Day Immersive Innovation Program Agenda

  • Meetings with France’s leading innovators in product design, food, fashion, materials, packaging, sustainability, retail, hospitality and architecture, in their workplaces, studios, labs & offices, to hear their innovation philosophies and see firsthand how the physical & mental environments they create foster creativity and innovation.

Monday November 2nd

  • Eclair de Génie     |     Food Innovation
    Considered by many to be the best éclairs in the world, from mastermind Christophe Adam. Without doubt the most beautiful and unusual, with translucent, colorful glazes, unique inclusion on top, original flavors and surface art. Christophe combines art, color, texture, ingredients, whimsy and technique to innovate.

  • Presentation at Pâtisserie des Rêves     |     Innovative Pastry Design and Presentation
    Considered by many to be the best éclairs in the world, from mastermind Christophe Adam. Without doubt the most beautiful and unusual with translucent, colorful glazes, unique inclusion on top, original flavors and surface art. Christophe combines art, color, texture, ingredients, whimsy and technique to innovate.


Tuesday November 3rd

  • Van Cleef & Arpels     |     Luxury Products Innovation
    We’ll visit the flagship Van Cleef & Arpels site on Place Vendôme, and the school created to cast a light on the secretive world of Jewelry and its most precious assets: “savoir-faire” and exceptional craft. We’ll learn how Van Cleef works with a range of companies through L’ÉCOLE’s specialists in team development, to promote team building, motivation, client treatment, open-mindedness, rewards, and innovation.

  • La Durée     |     Food Innovation
    Lunch at La Durée, one of the top premier sellers of the double-decker macaron, fifteen thousand of which are sold every day. They are still one of the best known makers of macarons in the world.

  • Les Nouveaux Ateliers Co-Founder François Chambaud     |     Fashion & Retail Innovation
    Cutting edge boutiques in France and Belgium that make custom men’s suits using in-store body scanners that take 200 precise measurements for the best fit possible. Co-founder Fançois Chambaud will discuss his pioneering technology at retail that optimizes the end product for consumers and enables them to preview their creations.

  • Visit of the Atelier Jean Nouvel     |     Architectural & Interiors Innovation
    Jean Nouvel is widely known as one of the world’s pre-eminent architects. He received the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in architecture globally, for his body of work that includes the Arab World Institute and Quai Branly Museum, both in Paris, Torre Agbar in Barcelona, and the Copenhagen Concert Hall. An architect with the firm will share insights into how they innovates so brilliantly. We’ll visit several of his most spectacular buildings and meet the team that develops furnishings and interior environments to complete his buildings’ look, feel and aesthetics.

  • Institut du Monde Arabe     |     Luxury Retail & Architecture Innovation
    The Arab World Institute is an organization founded in Paris in 1980 by 18 Arab countries with France to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values. The Institute also promotes cooperation and exchanges between France and the Arab nations, particularly in the areas of science and technology, contributing to the understanding between the Arab world and Europe.

  • URGENCE Baby Bottle Bar     |     Drink & Packaging Innovation
    We’ll end the day at student-famous baby bottle bar Urgence. Right by La Sorbonne, this bar is famous among students and tourists for serving innovative provocative cocktails out of baby bottles.


Wednesday November 3rd

  • Les Berges de Paris (Seine Redevelopment Park)     |     Urban Planning & Lifestyle Innovation
    Les Berges is a newly developed 1½ mile stretch along the Seine River filled with activities, innovative outdoor furniture, and installations that help Parisians and visitors enjoy the city even more. It’s a unique combination of innovation in public space, outdoor furnishing, and physical activity. We’ll learn the breadth of thinking that led to Les Berges.

  • Visit of Concept Store Colette     |     Innovative Retailing & Product Discovery
    We’ll visit what is considered by many to be the most cutting edge store in the world. The New York Times wrote: “Colette is always fresh, surprising – and streets ahead of the rest. It selects eclectic gadgets, gismos, metallic jewelry, and techno accessories, that showcase style, design, art, and food.” The merchandise constantly changes and placement in the shop has made the careers of new, start-up vendors. We’ll learn what makes new product innovations earn selection by Colette.

  • Visit of Materio     |     Innovative Materials Discovery Center
    A library and discovery center with the most innovative, cutting edge new materials, including suggestions for potential uses. It’s a wonderland that inspires unusual new, materials uses that can differentiate new products and make them more sustainable.

  • Bon Marché
    It is the first ever modern department store founded in 1852 by Aristide Boucicaut. Now the property of LVMH Luxury Group, it sells a wide range of high-end goods, including food in an adjacent building at 38, rue de Sèvres, called La Grande Épicerie de Paris.

  • Dinner at Cocquelicots Restaurant
    We’ll have dinner at Cocquelicots restaurant, where everything is poppy themed.

  • Visit to Poîlane, France’s Finest Bread Shop     |     Innovative Retro Retailing
    An old fashioned yet fresh and inspiring example of single-minded dedication to excellence, this multi-generational business run by Harvard MBA grad, Apollonia Poilâne, is enduringly charming, innovative and wonderful.

  • Petit H de Hermès Visit     |     Sustainability & Fashion Design Innovation
    The brainchild of Pascale Mussard, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Hermès founder, Thierry Hermès, this boutique in Paris that collaborates with Hermès’ artists, designers and craftsmen to develop one of a kind pieces using scraps from Hermès’ other products. Their sustainable motto is “We Don’t Throw Anything Away.” It is “a laboratory of innovation and a playground for ideas.” We’ll visit the shop, see the work, and hear about the design thinking and craftsmanship.


Thursday November 4th

  • La Manufacture du Chocolat     |     Innovative Retailing & Product Discovery
    We’ll visit the stunning new chocolate shop/mini factory that has been the focus of much media attention, and meet with co- founder and master chocolatier, Nicolas Berger. We’ll discover how all aspects of this unique and highly refined chocolate, packaging, merchandising and viewing area are conceived to deliver the finest product and in-shop experience.

  • Lunch at Septime Restaurant
    We’ll have lunch at the highly coveted Septime restaurant.

  • Visit of Echangeur     |     Center of Technical Innovation & Marketing
    Center of Technical Innovation & Marketing, where French companies go to understand consumer trends and new technologies to incorporate into new products and services.

  • The Iconic Maille Mustard Gourmet Shop Visit     |     Retail & Food Innovation
    This jewel of a shop for the iconic mustard brand that dates back to 1747, is a marvel of elegance, flavor exploration, story-telling, interactivity, packaging and merchandising innovation, and technology. We’ll gain insights into evolving a remarkable heritage to be simultaneously classic and contemporary.


Friday November 5th

  • Breakfast at Molitor Hôtel’s Swimming Pool
    We’ll have breakfast around the swimming pool at the Hôtel Molitor. The pool was classified as a French monument historique on 27 March 1990, after having fallen into disuse and closing in 1989. The swimming pool complex was rebuilt from scratch in the style of the previous design. The new complex includes two pools and a four star hotel. It opened in May 2014.

  • Meet with Favoreat Design
    We’ll meet with the people behind Favoreat Design. This company “generates interactions between different industries, and develops trailblazing ways to engage with food and beverage..” They have worked with Unilever, Grey Goose, Campbell’s…

  • Maurice NDiaye, partner at Synomia     |     Big Data Mining Innovation
    We’ll meet with Synomia Partner Maurice NDiaye, a firm that innovates in mining online conversations for deeper insights into product trends and attribute and feature preferences. Clients include Danone, Airbus, Renault, and the French Ministry of Defense. Synomia’s insights are based on a proprietary technology of text analysis that combines scientific processes including GPS mapping, econometrics, statistical physics, and biology.

  • Louis Vuitton Foundation     |     Architecture and Fashion Innovation
    We’ll visit newly erected Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation that has become a new center for Paris Fashion Week and architectural innovation. This building is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH as part of its promotion of art and culture. We will learn about what inspired the architecture and how it has impacted the luxury fashion industry in Paris (Kanye West performed there this year and now Louis Vuitton hosts all shows).

  • Givaudan     |     Flavors, Fragrances, and Multi-Sensory Innovation
    World leader in flavor and fragrance development, collaborates with food manufacturers to create proprietary tastes and multi-sensory experiences. With health and beauty-aide firms they create fresh new scents. With fragrance firms they create proprietary, signature perfumes. Givaudan will share how they push the R&D envelope to create unusual new concepts for clients, including the art and science of fragrance design and how scent influences product choice.

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