Our school was launched in 1981 by the Chambre of Commerce and Industry in Toulouse, and the Apparel trade association. ESIMODE offers a diverse range of courses for fashion students which includes specialised diplomas. These cover fashion design, fashion management, textile techniques, pattern making and couture.
Although Toulouse is well-known as the European headquarters of the aerospace industry, it also boasts a highly successful textile industry, historically a key activity in the Midi-Pyrénées Region, it is also an important tourist and agricultural site in France.
Toulouse owes its dynamism to a young population; a third of whom are aged between 18 and 29. The presence of some 100,000 students makes Toulouse (locally known as the “Pink City”) France’s second largest university town (just behind Paris) and a prized site due to its large number of teaching establishments. Three universities, comprising 14 schools in all, together with a large range of both sporting and cultural activities, in a thoroughly welcoming atmosphere, ensure Toulouse’s reputation as a thriving City.
The City’s urban fabric comprises 342 municipalities and a conurbation which is ranked as the 4th most important textile centre in France. It is the most important production site in France for carded thread and materials, such as wool. In Toulouse, the textile industry employs around 4,000 people; or nearly 7,000, if we include the clothing, leather and fashion design sectors.