The Financial Times recently commissioned me to photograph Frenchman Laurent Claquin, an executive who is the head of luxury fashion powerhouse PPR Americas (now Kering) outside Gramercy Park, New York City
“There was an inevitability to Laurent Claquin’s 2011 move to New York City from France. With extensive careers in both fashion and contemporary art, Manhattan was a logical relocation from his previous home in Paris’s atmospheric Porte Saint-Denis quarter. Claquin is head of Kering Americas, the parent company of leading global fashion brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.
Based at the headquarters of Kering (formerly known as PPR) on East 57th Street, Claquin, 41, operates as a behind-the-scenes adviser helping to expand the company’s presence across North, Central and South America and is the first person to assume this newly created position.
Born in Brittany and educated in the UK and France, Claquin lives in Gramercy Park, an eastside Manhattan neighbourhood formerly home to John F Kennedy and John Steinbeck and today best known for its namesake park.”