Fall 2010 Recipients: Lauren Burnet (Parsons), Jeffrey Parker (CBS), Martin Schleicher (CBS), Kathy Sow (Parsons)

Luxury Education Foundation is delighted to present the 2010 LEF Scholarship Awards to Jeffrey Parker and Martin Schleicher from Columbia Business School, and Lauren Burnet and Kathy Gyuhyeon Sow from Parsons The New School for Design. The LEF Scholarships program was established to provide annual scholarships to students at Columbia Business School and Parsons 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.

Both Parker’s and Schleicher’s scholarships will fund the 5th year of their PhD program. Parker received his undergraduate degree in Business Management with a focus in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2002 after having spent 4 years in the US Air Force. His primary research investigates how stocking levels affect consumers’ preferences in retail environments. Schleicher holds a BS in Actuarial Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and an MBA from IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His future dissertation focuses on Social Relation Driven Recommendation Systems, specifically, how social interactions can be used to predict consumers’ preferences and improve product recommendation systems. In addition to their dissertation work, Parker and Schleicher have developed a project that examines the impact of brand extensions on consumers’ perceptions of those brands.

Both Burnet and Sow are in the senior year of their BFA program in the Parsons School of Fashion. Burnet’s work takes as its starting point an ontological relationship to the body, and an unconventional approach to luxury emerges where lines that dissect and inform the garments are utilized to add style lines and detail where luxury fabrics, organdie, silk organza, silk gabardine, traditional luxury fabrics, but used in sharp aggressive shapes…fabrics are contrasted in order to suggest, the transparency translucency, and fragility of skin. Sow’s work is entitled nostalgia for childhood, and takes a streamlined modernistic approach to form and silhouette is taken. A rich color palette is utilized with an unexpected balance and use of color. The collection uses craft and embellishment techniques, as often the order of a Luxury label, but within a super sleek silhouette.

Burnet, Parker, Schleicher, and Sow received awards from Lalique, the official award purveyor of The Luxury Education Foundation Scholarship. This year, the recipients will receive Lalique’s annual gift paperweight. Fashioned using Lalique crystal, the paperweight features an etching of the Victoire car mascot, originally designed by Rene Lalique in 1928 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the November 11th 1918 armistice, re-released in 2010 as part of the Hommage a Rene Lalique collection.