The Gucci ceo was in New York Wednesday evening for the Marvin Traub Lecture.
The recently merged global mall giant has already sold off 2 billion euros worth of real estate.
The French groups are still larger in size, although one-third of the European fashion giants is Italian, according to the Italian merchant bank.
The ath-leisure brand beat Wall Street’s forecasts for fourth-quarter earnings and sales.
Kering chief François-Henri Pinault said the group is looking for acquisitions, though he still banks on strong organic growth.
Organic sales at Gucci rose 28.1 percent in the quarter against high comparables, capping a year that saw its revenues top 8 billion euros.