The Modern Artisan, a partnership between global leader in online luxury fashion YOOX NET-A-PORTER and The Prince’s Foundation founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, brings together the next generation of British and Italian design and artisanal talents in a creative cultural exchange, to develop the collaborative, digital and technical skills needed for data-driven design and artisanal textiles manufacturing to create lasting luxury. Meet the next generation of artisanal talent and discover what it means to be a Modern Artisan today thanks to an immersive exhibition, presenting a new method of collaboration between creativity, technology, and craftsmanship.
The group brings together four online stores – NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER, YOOX and THE OUTNET – powered by a single technology and operations platform serving more than three million customers around the world. The company in its present form was founded by the merging in 2015 of leading online fashion portal NET-A-PORTER and YOOX the online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art, both of which made waves in the luxury online marketplace after launching in 2000.
The Prince’s Foundation aims to realise HRH The Prince of Wales’ vision of creating harmonious communities by respecting the past and building the future. The organisation encourages people to live in a sustainable way, partly through the teaching of traditional skills. The Prince’s Foundation offers a broad range of inspiring education programmes in subjects including the traditional arts and heritage craft skills, architecture and design, both in the UK and internationally. Its School of Traditional Arts offers postgraduate degrees, short courses and outreach programmes related to traditional arts, ensuring that these skills evolve and endure.