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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye