LEF Program Descriptions

Established in December 2004, the Luxury Education Foundation is a public not-for-profit organization that focuses on educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students in Design and Business related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods. LEF programs provide students with various platforms to engage with senior executives in leading luxury firms to understand and appreciate the unique properties of this industry.


The “Design & Marketing of Luxury Products” Master Class

In this semester-long course, MBA students from Columbia Business School and Design students from Parsons The New School of Design work in teams to solve actual case studies formulated exclusively for this class by the participating companies. The goal of this course is to understand the significant role that each field plays in the creation and marketing of luxury goods, as well as the importance of communication and collaboration between disciplines.


LEF Scholarship Program

Launched in 2009, the “Luxury Education Foundation Scholarship” program provides annual scholarships to Ph.D. students at Columbia Business School and Design students from Parsons The New School for Design. The scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit an extraordinary level of leadership and innovation in their work, and whose accomplishments are a testament to their commitment and talent in their fields.


LEF Luxury Round Table

The LEF Luxury Round Table (LRT) is an annual panel discussion in which three to four industry leaders share their views on current trends and challenges facing the industry with an enthusiastic group of business and design students. The event is designed to encourage and inspire students who are the future business and creative leaders in luxury. The event targets an audience of approximately 150 students and alumni from Columbia Business School, Parsons the New School for Design, and select industry guests.


LEF Executive Breakfast Series

The Luxury Education Foundation is pleased to present the “LEF Executive Breakfast Series” in collaboration with the Retail & Luxury Goods Club (RLG) at Columbia Business School. These intimate breakfast sessions allow a limited number of students committed to the luxury goods space to have rare access to important figures in the luxury field, and engage in informal and intimate dialogue with the presidents and CEOs of leading luxury firms.


LEF Marketing Luncheon

The Luxury Education Foundation is pleased to present the “LEF Marketing Luncheon” program in collaboration with the Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC) at Columbia Business School. This lunchtime panel discussion provides MBA students interested in marketing with the rare opportunity to have an open dialogue with leading Marketing professionals and gain a better understanding of career paths and opportunities for MBA graduates in the luxury industry.


LEF “Corporate Classroom” Tours

The Luxury Education Foundation is pleased to present the LEF “Corporate Classroom” series in collaboration with MAC. This series of educational company tours allows a select group of students to spend the day at the New York headquarters of leading luxury firms for a rare glimpse into their day-to-day operations. Visits include special company presentations, meet and greets with senior level executives, and tours of flagship stores with a focus on providing students with hands on education in the luxury industry.


LEF Conversation Series

The Luxury Education Foundation is delighted to host a series of evening conversations with luxury experts at Columbia Business School, featuring guest speakers from the industry and other relevant industries.


“Marketing of Luxury Products” Block Week Course

The “Marketing of Luxury Products” block week course examines the challenges and opportunities in the luxury industry by studying multiple aspects of the business, from strategic planning and performance analysis to campaign initiatives and budgetary planning. To address such issues, the class works closely with a leading brand in the luxury field. The course structure includes presentations by faculty, industry CEOs and senior executives, as well as discussions and team projects.


LEF Retailing Program

The LEF Retailing Program provides the opportunity for Columbia Business School students to get hands-on experience working in luxury retailing.  LEF’s Retailing Internship/Shadowing Program will allow MBA students to better grasp of the day-to-day running of luxury brands’ retail operations.

LEF has developed three options for this program: a Part-Time Academic Year Internship, a Full-Time Summer Internship, and a Weeklong Shadowing Program.


Luxury Craftsmanship Workshop

To celebrate its Tenth anniversary, LEF announced the creation of its tenth program, the “Luxury Craftsmanship Workshop”, in collaboration with Parsons School of Design. For this course, Parsons faculty members selected 16 highly accomplished students who worked in four teams of four with expert craftsmen from participating luxury companies, thus providing the students with an exceptional, hands-on educational experience.


LEF Alumni Programs

LEF Alumni Programs are developed with the goal of creating opportunities for our Alumni to continue to mentor, network and connect through social media amongst a growing community of LEF Alumni as well as current LEF students.


LEF Retailing Lunch Panel

The Luxury Education Foundation is pleased to present this panel discussion in collaboration with the Retail & Luxury Goods Club (RLG) at Columbia Business School. This unique lunchtime panel discussion provides MBA students interested in careers in luxury with the rare opportunity to have an open dialogue with leading luxury executives and gain a better understanding of career paths and opportunities for MBA graduates in the luxury industry.