Kering Eyewear opens first South Korea store, its largest yet in Asia – Inside Retail

Luxury brand Kering Eyewear has launched its first store in South Korea, located on the eighth floor of Lotte Duty Free’s store in Busan.

A collaboration between Kering Group and Lotte, the brand claims the new boutique is its largest store in Asia to date.

Centrestage in the store is a giant media wall showingcasing new products. A virtual fitting service for Kering eyewear is provided by Lotte Internet Duty Free using augmented reality (AR) technology. Lotte Internet Duty Free plans to implement a virtual reality (VR) tool allowing customers to view the boutique in 360 degrees without physically visiting the store.

Kering Group wants to expand its presence in Asia and deepen its commitment to sustainability. The group has also revealed plans to strengthen its Gucci brand’s presence in China, where it aims to become the market leader by 2025.

Kering wants to cut its carbon footprint by 40 per cent by 2025. It also emphasizes its efforts in sustainable sourcing, buying 30 per cent of organic cotton, 100 per cent of gold, and 73 per cent of sustainable leather from suppliers who source their materials ethically.

Last March, Kering Eyewear bought luxury eyewear company Maui Jim as part of its expansion strategy.

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