In February, 2016 the ESADE Luxury and Retail club went to the fashion capital of Paris for their first Trek! We participated in the Luxury and Retail Career Forum, a career event hosted for the first time in Paris! Participating schools included London Business School, HEC Paris, INSEAD Business School, SDA Bocconi, Rotterdam School of Management, and IESE Business School.
The event was joined by some of the top luxury houses in the business. Participating companies included:
LVMH Group, Kering Group, OTB, Valentino, ETAM Group, Wayfair, TKMaxx, Desigual, Le Chemiseur, Chalbhoub Group, VF international, and L’Habibliotheque
Along with company presentations where we got to know more about their brands and business models, the Career Forum was not only a great way to network with potential employers, but also with peers from other leading business schools around Europe. What was great about the fair was that a lot of the companies tailored their presentations to specific business divisions that interested us. After the Career Forum, we enjoyed a networking cocktail at a fun bar in Paris where we got to know more MBA students.
Below, check out some testimonials about the trek right from our members and some pictures of the event!
What have some of our members said?
“Meeting top companies in the luxury and retail industry in Paris was fascinating. Having the ability to hear from the strategy creators who influence a consumer’s perception of luxury and exclusivity was especially interesting, and being able to connect with these executives so that we can keep in touch in the future is invaluable. I also really enjoyed connecting with other MBA students who share similar interests.” – Michael Cappell
“It gets difficult to connect the business oriented minds with the fashion leaders. With the Paris Trek, we tried to bridge that gap, connecting MBAs to the top brands in Luxury, Fashion & Retail sector. Having peers from other top European Business schools, helped us get different market perspectives about this industry. The bonds we made with them would be for lifetime and I am sure there would be lot to learn from each other. I am looking forward to such great events in coming years.”- Jaspreet Manchanda
“The Luxury Trek was a great experience to meet and discuss opportunities with some key players in the broad spectrum of retail and luxury. Each company put in substantial effort in terms of their presence and presentations to students. The trek certainly exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to fellow MBAs.”- Hugh Maclahlan
“What I liked the most was to meet and share experiences with students from Business Schools across Europe” – Caro Sánchez
“Great organisation and sync between Career Services and the Luxury & Retail Club.”- Oriana Barra Bargallo
“Paris is always a good idea”
“It was a great chance to get to know students from 1st year.”