Kering opens global luxury group’s North American operations center


Kering opens new operations center in Wayne, New Jersey; photo: @kering / @eric laignel photography

Kering, the global luxury group, announced the opening of its new operations center in the United States in Wayne, New Jersey.

The state-of-the-art office in Wayne, New Jersey replaces Kering’s former facility in Secaucus and will serve as the luxury company’s North American operations center.

With the opening of offices in Wayne, Kering luxury group continues to strategically invest in the region to cope with
the increased demand and continued growth of its luxury houses in the market. These new facilities allow for the
luxury group to better adapt to House specific strategic changes, including volume growth, while the benefits
realized will allow for the continued success of the Group and its Houses for the years to come.

“Wayne is an incredible achievement for Kering Americas. The current pandemic presents numerous challenges,
but our employees continue to persevere with creativity and resilience. We have been given the opportunity to
reflect, retool and react so that as we move forward, we can work better than ever before. The United States is a
key country for the Group, and we are excited to not only better serve our clients in this market, but to further invest
in this region and to attract the best talent,” said Jean François Palus, Group Managing Director of Kering Group.

Some of the key tech features of Wayne include a Tech Bar and a Retail Lab to validate new in-store tech solutions
in order to better manage retail and end users ’IT-related activities for the region.

The interior of the building, which was designed by architecture firm HLW, blends elements of French style, simple
materials, and a neutral color palette to balance sophistication and warmth with the building’s industrial nature.
Taking inspiration from Kering’s Paris office’s central courtyard, which anchors the flow of the workspace, HLW
designed a 50-foot stadium staircase, which leads to a mezzanine level and cascades into the cafe, offering views
out onto a nearby golf course though 24-foot-tall windows.

The new operations center was designed for a LEED Gold certification. Sit-to-stand personal benches are situated
along the wall of windows that line the length of the building to ensure each employee is surrounded by natural light.

Completed in Summer 2020, this construction project is the second largest structure in Wayne township.

Kering opens new operations center in Wayne, New Jersey; photo: @kering / @eric laignel photography