May 2015 was, in its own way, crucial to the history of the Caravel tannery, a world-class excellence in the production of exotic skins for Luxury leather goods. In fact, this has been a month of change at the top management levels of the company: Andrea Dolfi, the founder of Caravel, has handed over the management of his company to Filippo Nishino, the new CEO of Caravel and manager of the Kering Group, which purchased this Italian excellence in 2001. Following this transaction, Kering communicated
that: “Caravel has entered a new phase of development to seize the best opportunities possible in an increasingly dynamic competitive international
Leather&Luxury met with Mr. Nishino to discuss his strategies, ambitions and projects concerning Caravel.
Mr. Nishino, what do you foresee as the next steps for developing Caravel?
FN: Initially, we aim to increase market penetration and the level of service we offer our existing clients. Subsequently our goal will be to develop our client base to progressively become an even greater point of reference as a supplier of exotic skins for the Luxury market within five years. Fine leathers are synonymous with luxury and therefore ours is a strategic role that we want to maximize. We are working towards offering an increasingly customized service to our clients, thoroughly exploring the utmost of our technical-operational capabilities: from the purchase of raw materials up to the finished product.
How are you going to reach these results?
FN: The Kering Group aims to consolidate a productive platform, with Caravel as one of the points of reference. We believe greatly in the synergy that we can achieve together with other industrial assets in our group, the last of which, in chronological order, are the French tannery France Croco and the Florentine Meucci garment company, now known as LGM. We will align the structures to take advantage of all of the expertise in the Luxury domain within these coveted companies. Ours is a system strategy where Caravel is destined to grow further and be designated definitively as a tannery of reference for all of the most prestigious designers, including those belonging to the Kering Group.