An Extraordinary Path
Born in Moldava in 1920, he entered the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris at the age of 15, where he acquired the building blocks to become one of the leaders in the French textile sector.
In addition to being a major contributor to the development of the textile and clothing sector, Léon Cligman and his wife, an artist, are also avid art collectors.
Léon Cligman and his Love of the Arts
In 2020, he and his wife will sponsor the inauguration of a modern art museum at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, which will house about 900 works of art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, antique objects, etc.), all from the Cligman collection.
Léon Cligman will keep in his archives, on the other hand, some of his school notebooks and documents that he still has in his possession. These regularly written notebooks and papers, covered with the upstrokes and downstrokes of pen and ink, chart the history of a period when students learned chemistry, geography, as well as how to draw up a balance sheet.
Antoine Riboud, from the bottom of the class to a pioneer career
Antoine Riboud was born in 1918, died in 2002 and graduated from ESCP in 1942.
The School’s Students’ Association was created: 1872
The school was founded in 1819, but the Student Union for the students and alumni of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris was only created in 1872.
When the school transformed into a hospital
Although Europe commemorated the centenary of the end of World War I last year, 11 November 1918 did not mark the end of this dark era in our school’s history.