French fashion entrepreneurs: François-Henri Pinault
François-Henri Pinault is one of the most important French fashion entrepreneurs ever. Born in Rennes in 1962, son of François Pinault, founder of the PPR group later renamed Kering. Since 2005, François-Henri Pinault has held the position of chairman and chief executive of Kering, in addition to being the president of Groupe Artémis since 2003. It is precisely under his leadership that the Kering group began to focus exclusively on the luxury fashion houses, progressively abandoning all brands dedicated to sport and retail distribution. In June 2013 the decision to change the name of the group: from PPR becomes Kering to honor the Breton origins of François-Henri Pinault, being that "Ker" means house in the popular language of the region. Among the luxury brands in the Kering stables today we find many important names in fashion, including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni.
French fashion entrepreneurs: Bernard Arnault
LVMH President and CEO Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton , Bernard Arnault is perhaps the best known worldwide among French fashion entrepreneurs. Born into a family of industrialists in Roubaix in March 1949, Arnault trained at the École Polytechnique to quickly become an engineer in the construction company Ferret-Savinel: here, after several promotions, he became President in 1978. His career, already well started, sees a turning point in 1989, when it takes control of LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton. Having become CEO and President of the company, Arnault thus gives momentum to the luxury group, ensuring that the French maisons are the leader in the sector. Also president of the administrative council of Groupe Arnault SE, the family holding company, was appointed Grand Officier of the Legion of Honor and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Today the LVMH group Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton has several luxury brands, including Dom Pérignon, Moët & Chandon, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Berluti, Loro Piana, Fendi and Givenchy, just to name a few.
French fashion entrepreneurs: Alain and Gerard Wertheimer