Through the products and creativity of its brands, LVMH, the world’s leading luxury products group, develops and shares its expertise, spirit of excellence and an exceptional art de vivre that is successful around the world. LVMH encourages talent by supporting young people in industries linked to creation and luxury products. It is for this reason that LVMH has been a sponsor of the Hyères Festival since 1999 – the 2004 edition will take place from April 30 to May 3. Held every year in the south of France, the event gives promising young designers and photographers a chance to present their work to a panel of professional judges. Year after year, the Hyères Festival has unearthed new creative talents. In the world of fashion, Viktor & Rolf, Xavier Delcour, Sébastien Meunier, Gaspard Yurkievich, Alexandre Matthieu and Oscar Suleyman are among the designers who were discovered in previous years at Hyères Festival, where they received the Jury’s Grand Prix. This is why, for the sixth consecutive year, LVMH – a group which brings together the world’s leading designers and allows them to develop their talent – is an official sponsor of the Hyères Festival. For more information on the 2004 Festival (press kit including all information on candidates, jury members, etc.) and a link to the official Festival website, visit LVMH pl@net (http://lvmhplanet or http://10.106.12.63), in the “News” section (news dated April 13).