Kurt Geiger

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Kurt Geiger
Private
IndustryFootwear and Accessories Retailing
Founded1963[1]
FounderKurt Geiger
Headquarters,
Number of locations
70+[2]
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Rebecca Farrar-Hockley (Creative Director)[2]
ProductsKurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Carvela and Mini Miss KG
Revenue£260 million (2014)[3]
OwnerCinven
Number of employees
1700[3]
Websitekurtgeiger.com

Kurt Geiger is an upmarket British footwear and accessories retailer. Kurt Geiger has over 70 stores, and over 170 concessions within department stores, including Harrods and Selfridges.[4] Kurt Geiger owns three brands Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger and Carvela Kurt Geiger, created by its own in-house team.[5]

The Kurt Geiger headquarters is located off Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London. The building, originally dating from the 1970s, was remodelled in 2009 by Archer Architects and is finished in a distinctive red, described as Pompean Red.[6]

History[edit]

The company is named after its Austrian founder, who opened its first shop in London's fashion capital on Bond Street in 1963, and it has been based in London ever since.

In 1995 Kurt Geiger introduced a men’s collection designed in London with distinctly British edge worn by actors from Benedict Cumberbatch to Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and John Boyega.

After a management buyout in 2008, it was sold by Graphite Capital to the U.S.-based brand management company The Jones Group in 2011. In 2014, the Jones Group was acquired by Sycamore Partners, who spun off Kurt Geiger into its own company.[7]

In December 2015, London-based private equity firm Cinven acquired Kurt Geiger from its previous owner, New York-based private equity firm Sycamore Partners, for £245 million.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our History - Kurt Geiger". Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Kurt Geiger. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  3. ^ a b c Grandhi, K (2015-12-14). "Footwear retailer Kurt Geiger acquired by Cinven from Sycamore Partners". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  4. ^ "About Us | Kurt Geiger". www.kurtgeiger.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  5. ^ "Kurt Geiger". The Retail Appointment. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  6. ^ "Kurt Geiger Headquarters Building". archdaily. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  7. ^ Bawden, Tom; Wood, Zoe (2011-06-02). "Kurt Geiger sale to Jones Group means £20m windfall for shoe chain managers". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-20.