Potential London locations for Christopher Kane’s first freestanding store are being scouted. And in the next two weeks — if not sooner — the company will be ready to reveal who will take over the top job at Puma. An athletic industry insider is said to be at the top of the list.
These initiatives were revealed Tuesday at a lunch at La Grenouille here to discuss the name change of PPR to Kering, which officially takes effect on June 18.
The company’s 50th anniversary seemed like a fine time for re-branding, according to Laurent Claquin, head of Kering Americas, who detailed the changes underfoot. No longer a French-centric financial holding company, Kering has zeroed in on apparel and accessories, with 13 of 18 brands being luxury ones. Now, 95 percent of Kering’s revenues come from outside France, compared with 60 percent a few years ago, he said. (English became the company’s preferred language two or three years ago for its 33,000 staffers). RELATED STORY: PPR Changes Name to Kering >>
The conglomerate’s new international and integrative setup gives it more muscle when negotiating retail space with commercial landlords, among other things. Emphasizing how Kering is looking after its brands, Claquin noted how the Alexander McQueen business has increased 12-fold since it was acquired in 2001, while Stella McCartney’s business has grown 11-fold in that same time frame.
Claquin also previewed the first of five videos that blogger Garance Doré has created for a host of online platforms and social media. Called “Family,” her first effort features interviews with chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault (or “F.H.P.” as Volcom’s senior vice president of marketing, Ryan Immegart, refers to him later in the clip). In another brief chat, Gucci chief executive officer Patrizio di Marco tells Doré, “Family is a wonderful word because only working together can we realize our goals.”
There was also much discussion about the “Empowering Imagination” tag line, the new owl logo and the root of the Kering name — “ker” has its roots in the Brittany region of France, where Pinault’s family is from, which connotes a house or home. Aside from being associated with wisdom and movement, owls have great vision, since they have the ability to turn their heads 270 degrees without breaking their necks, Claquin said.
Pinault shied away from the idea of using his family name for the company. “You never know what might happen with a company that would affect a family or vice versa,” Claquin said.
In any event, the Kering work family seems to have taken to their new name, with “That’s a very Kering thing to do” being the new inner-office slang.
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“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
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Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews