A family-controlled, listed company, Kering is a world leader in apparel and accessories, which develops an ensemble of powerful brands. Formerly known as PPR, the brand first invested in the luxury sector, with a 42% acquisition of Gucci Group NV. More acquisitions followed to build a stronger luxury identity for the Group: Yves Saint Laurent (now Saint Laurent Paris), YSL Beauty and Sergio Rossi, followed by the jeweller Boucheron. Kering brands housed in Starhill Gallery include Sergio Rossi, Boucheron and McQ by Alexandar McQueen.
Hosting the CEO and his team, Yeoh threw a grand dinner for the Kering party at The Ritz -Carlton Kuala Lumpur.
Sharing about Kering Group during the evening, Pinault talked about the change of name from the widely known PPR to Kering. The change of name was an opportunity to reaffirm the Group’s international dimension while acknowledging its origins in the Brittany region of France.
"Ker means home in my language and ing is the English suffix which means movement. It's a sense of going forward, building something and it's the 'House of Brands'. And of course we take care of the brands. So that's the idea behind the Kering name," he said.
Kering has luxury brands which have ventured all over Asia, and Pinault stressed that Asia remains a hot spot for luxury brands.
"For tourism in key cities like Kuala Lumpur, New York and Paris, there is a tourism dedicated to consumer goods, and particularly luxury goods. When you go to a resort you don't go to shop, but when you travel to discover a big city, retail is part of the experience. So we need to make sure that we are in the best malls.
"I must say that what I see here in Kuala Lumpur - Starhill Gallery, Pavilion, or KLCC are very high standard malls, offering not only luxury but luxury in a very dedicated space with other different brands for the type of customers. So it's well balanced and we can make sure that we bring in nice assortments that could be very attractive to people coming to this city to shop," said Francois Pinault of Kering....
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