France: LVMH's "Journées Particulières"
The luxury conglomerate LVMH, which includes fashion houses Christian Dior Couture, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy Couture and Emilio Pucci and lifestyle brands such as Guerlain, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, just announced that on October 15 and 16 it will allow guests to enter 25 of its traditionally off-limits ateliers in Europe. (Most are in and around Paris, but there are also locations in Spain, Italy and the UK.) The two-day event, called "Les Journées Particulières," will grant visitors access to workshops, vineyards, private mansions, family homes and boutiques and will show glimpses of the extraordinary craftsmanship behind making a Dior gown, a Pucci scarf or a bottle of Krug. It's also an ode to architecture and history: The jewelry and watchmaker Chaumet will open its Grand Salon on Place Vendôme, whose 18th–century, Neoclassical interior was designed by François-Joseph Bélanger and where the company's archive of sketches and ornaments will be on display. Most events will be open to the public, but some require advance reservations. lesjourneesparticulieres.com.
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