Since first debuting its travelling school here in Hong Kong almost five years ago, L’École, School of Jewelry Arts has been welcomed back to our city time and time again with enthusiastic support from arts and jewellery aficionados all across the Asia Pacific region. With such success, the world renowned jewellery school has just announced its decision to officially call Hong Kong its second home, as it plans to open its first overseas campus this fall at Victoria Dockside’s K11 MUSEA.
Founded in the legendary Place Vendôme in Paris seven years ago, L’École, supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, is widely recognised as the pioneer in its field. It is currently the only educational and cultural institution of its kind in the world that provides accessible, hands-on engagement for everyone, no matter your age or background.
Its establishment comes with a great mission: To break down the barriers of what seem to be an inaccessible, enchanting world of jewellery for all. “Whether you are a collector or wear only your wedding band; whether you are an engineer, painter, or school teacher; you will learn directly from our leading experts — the only prerequisite is curiosity,” says Ms. Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’École, School of Jewelry Arts.
So what can we expect from L’École’s first outpost outside of Paris? First of all, this new, permanent location will be overlooking our beautiful Victoria Harbour, with an interior designed by Japanese architect and friend of the school, Sou Fujimoto. The space — spanning two levels with intimate classrooms, workshops, exhibition spaces, as well as a specialised library with over 600 books on jewellery — will feature a modern design comprised of organic shapes that come into play with the natural light of the site.
As for courses, L’École Asia Pacific will begin its launch with an offering of 17 course topics under the three main themes of Savoir-Faire (Craftsmanship), Art History of Jewelry, and The Universe of Gemstones. Open to the public, each course will be taught by leading scholars and experts in the fields of craftsmanship, science, art, and history travelling from Paris and around Asia, with courses limited to 12 students for maximum participant/teacher interaction. These courses, which will take two to four hours to complete, can also be taken à la carte in any order, depending on individual interests and needs.
Ready to commit to a more long-term engagement? You can choose to sign up for a full-year programme that includes Workshops for Young People, Evening Conversations and, for the first time in Hong Kong, curated exhibitions showcasing jewellery from some of the most magnificent private collections, along with remarkable creations by contemporary artists.
L’École Asia Pacific, Unit 510A, Level 5, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2532 7265