Kering Reportedly in Advanced Talks To Acquire Tom Ford
The French luxury conglomerate has said to be competing with Estée Lauder.
French luxury conglomerate
Business of Fashion reports that Tom Ford has been shopping for a possible sale since this summer. Back in August, Estée Lauder was also reported to be in talks about buying the brand in a deal that valued the label at $3 billion USD.
Should Tom Ford be sold to Kering, it would be a full-circle moment for the founder and designer. Ford worked at Gucci in the 1990s and was a crucial player in the brand’s transformation. In the past quarter, Kering posted a year-over-year sales growth of 14%, driven by a booming consumer demand for Saint Laurent. However, Kerign’s post-pandemic performances have lagged behind competitor LVMH, which saw an increase in 22% in its fashion and leather goods in the same quarter. Tom Ford is not the first brand Kering has been eyeing an M&A opportunity. In 2018, it persued Versace and in the past, it has also reportedly explored deals with Prada and Moncler.
Kering has not yet commented on the potential Tom Ford acquisition.
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