Pinault Agency Curios & A Fashion P.R. Bonanza

François-Henri Pinault
The ongoing Art Partner speculation highlights a much, much bigger movement happening in the fashion-adjacent agency world. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
March 28, 2024

About once a week, I get a call or note about the creative talent agency Art Partner selling to Kering or CAA. This is usually just fashion-speak for someone attempting to say that François-Henri Pinault, the C.E.O. of Kering who recently acquired a controlling interest in CAA through his family office, appears to be interested in the property. This gossip is the talk of the town in London, of all places, but comes up in Los Angeles and Paris, too. And if there is a sale taking place, I remind these sweet people, it’s obviously happening through Groupe Artémis, the family office. (Remember, Kering and CAA are separate businesses, even if they are currently owned by the same person.) 

I reached out to Art Partner founder Giovanni Testino to talk about it, but haven’t heard back. (The Groupe Artémis folks also took the “never complain, never explain” route.) Look, I hope for Testino’s sake that the deal materializes if he wants it to: Everyone deserves to be rewarded for excellence, and Art Partner remains the most important creative talent agency in fashion.