About Kering

Kering – empowering imagination

Kering stands for Imagination!
Watch our new Manifesto video, featuring Kering brand and corporate employees. 


Who we are
• A family-controlled, listed company, Kering is a world leader in apparel and accessories, which develops an ensemble of powerful brands
• Focused on a single business, we design, manufacture and market desirable products across two fast growing segments:

  • Luxury: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JEANRICHARD, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin.
  • Sport & Lifestyle: Puma, Volcom, Cobra, Electric and Tretorn.

• Our brands are complementary and all enjoy strong potential for organic growth. They have global recognition, are deep rooted and true to their distinctive values


• Our mission is to allow our customers to express, fulfil and enjoy themselves through our products. This is in line with underlying societal trends: increases in purchasing power, people seeking to affirm their personality and the desire to look and feel good.
We also have a duty to look after our teams as much as we look after our customers. 

• Kering strategy is primarily based on the organic growth of our current (Luxury and Sport & lifestyle) brands: to expand into new markets, reinforce their presence in mature markets and develop their distribution network and channels, including e-commerce
• Acquisitions of small to medium size, with promising expansion prospects and meeting strict criteria, will strengthen and complement the brand portfolio

Empowering imagination 
• This is how we create value in the broadest sense. We encourage the creativity and agility of our brands by empowering them to go beyond their limits, to lead and innovate, to realise their artistic and financial potential – in the most sustainable manner.


The ‘Kering effect’
• We harness Group power and expertise in the service of each of our brands to accelerate their expansion and internationalisation – ‘the Kering effect’
• We ensure control of the value chain and provide brands with financial firepower, business expertise, common resources and financial discipline, which ensures they do so profitably
• We effect synergies within each division and optimise best practices and knowledge-sharing across all brands

Operational style – ‘freedom within a framework’
• Each of our brands enjoys a high degree of autonomy and responsibility to preserve its creative freedom, its product and sourcing strategy, and its distinct image and positioning
• At the Group level, we set out guidelines under which the brands operate. We provide back-office services that are more efficiently carried out at a shared level, and we ensure consistency across operations.

Sustainable business is smart business
• Sustainability for Kering is both a business and a leadership opportunity. Inherent in the quality of our products, sustainability gives us the opportunity to create value and competitive advantage.
• We propel our brands to lead with new business models that contribute to a better world economically, socially and ecologically
• In line with our engagement with solidarity initiatives, we continue to support the Kering Foundation, which campaigns to stop violence against women.

Digital leadership
• Having made digital a strategic, CEO-level priority, we have created an e-business unit at Group level to share best digital practice, speed up our brands’ e-business projects and increase their digital presence
• To develop the e-commerce of a number of its brands, Kering has teamed up with Yoox, a leading online luxury business. The joint-venture, E_lite, is improving existing e-commerce sites, accelerating global e-commerce development and offering an exclusive online shopping experience.
• In 2011, Kering launched the Digital Academy to instil a digital culture within the Group, to develop innovation, support our e-business and digital ambitions, strengthen digital awareness and expertise, and create an international digital community.

Eyewear expertise
• In 2014, Kering has initiated a strategic move aiming at building in-house eyewear expertise for its Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands, with a dedicated entity specialized in luxury, high-end and sport Eyewear managed by a skilled team of experienced professionals under the direction of Roberto Vedovotto, CEO, Kering Eyewear.
• Through this new business model, Kering, together with its brands, will fully control the Eyewear value chain, from design to product development and supply chain, and from branding and marketing to sales.
• Through this project, Kering is putting in place an innovative way of managing its Eyewear operations, which will in turn enable the Group to fully capture the sheer growth potential of its brands in this category. It will also lead to significant value-creation opportunities, notably through the implementation of both revenue and distribution synergies.

Key figures
• Group revenues of €10 billion, operating income of €1.7 billion in 2014
• 38% of revenues generated in emerging markets
• Kering brands are distributed in more than 120 countries
• More than 37,000 employees at the end of 2014