History

  • 1992

    • Artémis was founded out of a majority stake in Pinault-Printemps (France Printemps, La Redoute, Conforama, Finaref, CDME, Pinault Distribution and CFAO), plus a portfolio of U.S. assets.
  • 1993

    • Acquired Château Latour vineyards.
    • Developed the U.S. assets portfolio.
  • 1994

    • Pinault-Printemps merges with La Redoute; renamed Pinault-Printemps-Redoute.
    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute took over La Fnac.
    • Restructuring of U.S. assets into controlling interests in U.S. corporations.
  • 1995

    • Beginning of divestment of U.S. assets, spread over 10 years.
  • 1996

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute acquired La Fnac’s remaining stake.
  • 1997

    • Acquired Le Point magazine.
    • Took a stake in Ipsos market research company.
  • 1998

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute took control of Guilbert, the European leader in office supplies and furniture.
    • Takeover bid for the Sefimeg property company.
    • Acquired Christie’s auction house.
    • Stake acquired in Stade Rennais Football Club.
    • Bought shares in Bouygues construction company.
  • 1999

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute entered the luxury industry by purchasing 42% of Gucci Group.
    • Le Point magazine bought out Historia magazine and Tallandier Editions.
    • Sold off Ipsos stake.
    • Sefimeg merged with Gecina.
    • Bought Aoba Life, the Japanese life insurance company.
    • First stages in putting together a multi-brand luxury group using Gucci Group acquisitions: Sergio Rossi, Yves Saint Laurent and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.
  • 2000

    • Acquisition of the Société Nouvelle du Théâtre Marigny.
    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute acquired Surcouf computer equipment’s retailer.
    • Gucci Group acquired Boucheron jeweller’s and Bédat & Co.
    • Stakes acquired in L’Agefi, daily financial news.
    • Stakes acquired in LD Com, French telecom operator.
    • Sold off equity stake in Gecina.
  • 2001

    • Gucci Group acquired Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga luxury brands; partnership agreements signed with Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
    • Le Point acquired L’Histoire and La Recherche magazines.
    • Acquisition of Piasa auction house.
    • Tawa UK launch, an English platform focused on acquiring run-off insurance portfolios.
  • 2002

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute sold Guilbert’s mail order businesses and Credit and Financial Services Division (Finaref)
    • Stake acquired in Holdivar, Nord Est’s controlling holding company.
  • 2003

    • Le Point acquired stake in Le Magazine Littéraire.
    • François-Henri Pinault succeeded his father François Pinault as Artémis’ Chairman.
    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute sold Pinault Bois & Matériaux (previously Pinault Distribution) and Guilbert’s Contract business.
  • 2004

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s refocusing strategy on the Luxury and Public Distribution activities finalised.
    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute completed tender offer for Gucci Group’s remaining stake.
    • Artémis disposed of Aoba Life.
    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute disposed of Rexel (previously CDME).
  • 2005

    • Pinault-Printemps-Redoute offically became PPR.
    • François-Henri Pinault appointed as PPR’s Chairman and CEO.
    • Neuf Telecom (previously LD Com) merged with Cegetel to create Neuf Cegetel.
  • 2006

    • Divestment of all Haussmann-Antin real estate asset to Risanamento.
    • Reopened the Palazzo Grassi art exhibition hall in Venice (Italy).
    • Acquired the vineyard Domaine d’Eugénie (previously Domaine René Engel) in Vosne-Romanée (France).
    • Sold stake in Neuf Cegetel’s through the IPO.
    • PPR divested of 51% of France Printemps.
    • Bought stake in Vinci.
    • Launch of an investment vehicle in Vietnam, Temasia Capital.
  • 2007

    • PPR divested of residual interest in France Printemps.
    • PPR acquired controlling interest in Puma sportlifestyle company, and following a takeover bid subsequently raised its stake to 62.1%.
    • Tawa Plc.’s (formerly Tawa UK) initial public offering.
  • 2008

    • Artémis launched Red River Holding, a Vietnamese investment funds.
    • Stakes acquired in Serendipity Investment and Nextstage investment funds.
    • PPR sold off YSL Beauté.
    • Holdivar merged with Harwanne.
    • PPR acquired a 23% stake in Sowind (Girard-Perregaux et JEANRICHARD).
  • 2009

    • Sold stake in Harwanne.
    • Opened the Punta della Dogana’s renovated warehouses for art exhibitions in Venice (Italy).
    • PPR divested of Bédat & Co and Surcouf.
    • Sold shares in Bouygues.
    • PPR floated CFAO on stock exchange and sold controlling interest in the company (58%).
  • 2010

    • Puma acquired Cobra (golf equipment).
    • PPR sold off controlling stake in Conforama.
  • 2011

    • PPR sold remaining stake in Piasa.
    • PPR acquired Volcom (surfwear and accessories brand).
    • Acquired the Château Grillet vineyard estate.
    • PPR took over Swiss watchmaker Sowind (Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD).
    • Acquired Capi France and OptimHome real estate networks.
    • Artémis swapped stake in Serendipity for 25% of Michel et Augustin.
  • 2012

    • PPR acquired the italian men’s tailor Brioni.
    • PPR sold the remaining interest (42%) of CFAO.
    • Sold New California Life Holding insurance company to Swiss Re.
    • Artémis acquired Immobilier-Neuf.
    • PPR announced the acquisition of controlling stake in Qeelin, the Chinese jewellery brand.
    • Artémis raised stake in Michel et Augustin to 69%.
  • 2013

    • PPR bought controlling stake of 51% of Christopher Kane’s British designer brand.
    • La Centrale de Financement, a new real estate loan broker, was set up.
    • PPR became Kering.
    • Groupe Fnac’s initial public offering: Artémis held direct stake in the company (38.88%).
    • PPR acquired majority stake in Italian jeweller Pomellato and jeweller Dodo.
    • Bought Araujo Estate Wines (California vineyards).
  • 2014

    • Acquisition of a stake in Château Siaurac, boasting three different wines
    • Spin off of Tawa Plc into Pro Plc (service business, listed on the stock exchange) and Tawa Associates Limited (TAL, run-off business, not listed on the stock exchange).
    • Disposal of Sophia Publications
    • Acquisition by L’AGEFI of Wallfinance, a recruitment site focused on financial jobs in France.
    • Acquisition by Kering of Ulysse Nardin.
    • Acquisition of Drimki, an on-line real estate valuation service, by CAPI and OptimHome.
    • Acquisition of Collectrium, on-line management software for art work collections, by Christie’s.
  • 2015

    • Sale of the last remaining VINCI shares
    • Investment in the top-of-range Breton crêperie brand Breizh Café
    • Acquisition of the luxury cruise company Compagnie du Ponant
    • Recommended offer by Fnac for the acquisition of Darty
  • 2016

    • Fnac and Vivendi announce a strategic partnership followed by a stake investment by Vivendi in Fnac. Fnac Group buys Darty to form the Fnac Darty group.
    • Danone Manifesto Ventures acquires a minority interest in Michel et Augustin
    • 250th anniversary of Christie’s
    • The City of Paris awards the lease on the Bourse de Commerce building to Financière Pinault, in order for it be transformed into a museum of contemporary art
    • Opening of the new Kering headquarters in the former Laennec Hospital in Paris’ 7th arrondissement.
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