Emerald Group Investments (EGI) was created in 2013 as the investment vehicle to manage the growing portfolio of existing luxury brands and new business acquisitions.
Led by James Kennedy, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, with the support of his Executive Leadership Team, the Group are specialists in managing luxury and premium brands. EGI has the proven ability in identifying complementary brands, conducting appropriate due diligence, then acquiring the business directly; or nurturing the brand partnership to deliver successful commercial results in Australia and New Zealand.
EGI’s approach is to work in concert with global and local brand founders and custodians to ensure mutually beneficial and rewarding relationships are created.
The founding business, Kennedy, was created in 1976 by Louis and Martha Kennedy with its first store in Double Bay, Sydney, Australia. Kennedy has flourished into an influential luxury retailer under the direction of James Kennedy, the eldest son to Louis and Martha. An exciting evolution has taken place since James took the reigns in 2009 and the sustained company growth continues today.
Today, EGI now retails the following luxury brands in the Australian market: Rolex Boutiques, Bang & Olufsen, Graff, and Kennedy - the leading multi brand watch retailer for Cartier, Rolex, IWC and Patek Philippe. In addition, a new fashion division was recently created with the first brand partnership with Spanish luxury house LOEWE announced.
EGI is privately owned, with a high performing, nimble culture where heritage is respected and decisions are made with a long term view. Whilst the founding business has a four decade history, EGI is dynamic, considered and motivated by creating mutually beneficial opportunities for businesses, brands and the end consumer.
Emerald Group Investments is a privately owned family business with a dedicated purpose to be the number one luxury goods and services Group in the region; by virtue of our innate understanding of brand nurturing and preservation for long term sustainable growth.
Emerald Group Investments is committed to a culture of high performance, integrity, workplace diversity, nurturing our existing employees, customers and partners while attracting the best talent to execute the Group’s financial and philanthropic objectives.