The Global Mid-Market Specialist
Paris– Alantra has acted as advisor to Carven, one of the latest success stories in the contemporary designer sector of the French fashion world, in a sales process that has resulted in the Bluebell group acquiring a majority equity stake in the company.
Based in Hong Kong, the Bluebell group is the leading distributor of luxury products in Asia, with a portfolio of more than 100 brands. The group has over 2500 employees and 480 sales outlets in Asia. Bluebell bought a minority stake in Carven in 2011.
Bluebell’s senior director, Sophie de Rougemont, has been appointed chief executive officer, replacing current CEO Henri Sebaoun. Henri Sebaoun, who along with his cousin Marc Sztykman and private equity firm Turenne Investissement acquired majority ownership of Carven in 2008 and relaunched the brand, will take on the position of managing director. ‘Sophie de Rougemont, supported by Henri Sebaoun, will take Carven to the next level.’ In particular, the new CEO intends to ‘speed up Carven’s expansion in America, Asia and Europe’.
After falling into obscurity in the 1980s, Carven made a successful comeback in 2010, with Henri Sebaoun at the helm. The womenswear collection has been headed up by two French designers, Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, since 2015, with Barnabé Hardy as artistic director of menswear. Carven now operates in 50 countries with around 500 points of sale.
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