Kendra Scott’s 2018 plans: More staff, more office space


Kendra Scott LLC currently has 180 employees at its Austin headquarters.

Companywide, Kendra Scott LLC has about 2,000 workers.

Kendra Scott has big plans for 2018.

The Austin-based designer whose jewelry has been worn by a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift told the American-Statesman she plans to nearly double the size of the staff working at her Central Austin headquarters in the coming year.

To accommodate all those new hires, Kendra Scott LLC, which has occupied the entire fourth floor of the Lamar Central building at 3800 N. Lamar Blvd. for the past two years, has now leased most of the third floor, committing to an additional 30,000 square feet of office space.

In the new space, Scott said she envisions a state-of-the-art photography studio, extra meeting spaces, a lounge area and two more “wellness rooms” for new mothers.

PHOTOS: Kendra Scott surprises fans with gift bags at the Austin airport

A filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicates the expansion project is expected to cost about $5.5 million.

Kendra Scott LLC currently has 180 employees at its headquarters, Scott said, with plans to grow that number to about 300 by the end of next year. The information technology, product and marketing teams, in particular, are expected to increase in size, she said.

Companywide, Kendra Scott LLC has about 2,000 workers, including those in its 75 stores and at its distribution center.

The chain recently opened its first international location – a “shop-in-shop” – inside a Selfridges department store in London.

“I am so excited about the growth of this company,” Scott said. “I’ve always dreamed of growing Kendra Scott into a global, legacy brand, while maintaining a culture that treats employees and customers like family. So much of our success and continued growth is because we stay true to our core pillars of family, fashion and philanthropy, and we hire people who share these values.”

Scott, who started making jewelry in her home’s spare bedroom in 2002, has grown her company dramatically over the years. Today, it is a billion-dollar entity. Scott has made philanthropy a priority at Kendra Scott LLC, with the company planning to give back $5 million this year alone.

“Austin has been so good to us and we are looking forward to all that is to come,” Scott said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force
Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force

Betsy Stover was 17 when her mother asked her to help fax strangers, hawking a service that had the markings of a pyramid scheme. “I always felt like a creep sending unsolicited faxes,” said Stover, who hated the chore, but knew the work required cold calls to succeed. Stover, now a 38-year-old comedian based in Los Angeles, had largely...
Best gifts for the home chef
Best gifts for the home chef

There are all sorts of new gizmos for people whose relationship with food comes in all forms. Here are four of our favorite new devices for the cook and the kitchen. ——— Amazon Dash Wand Product Review: CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)...
Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars
Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Airbnb may be the biggest home-sharing game in town, but a new startup is trying to push its way into the market. Enter CryptoBnB: the online home-sharing platform that wants you to pay for your couch-surfing stays using digital currency. That’s right — this startup is combining two of the trendiest topics — home-sharing and cryptocurrency...
Girls’ tech group lands grant to back STEM education programs

An Orlando-based group that has been teaching girls tech-based skills for five years has landed a grant from the Nielsen Foundation. Tech Sassy Girlz — which hosts workshops, tech company tours and other educational events — will receive $12,500 to support its efforts, the group announced recently. “The Foundation’s support...
Can’t miss gifts for techies
Can’t miss gifts for techies

Technophiles are hard to shop for, or so we’re told. Here are some can’t-miss gifts, we’d enjoy. Nothing beats a perfect hamburger any day of the year, and the Cave Tools Burger Press makes one every time. The aluminum burger press has indicator lines to make 4.5-inch round 1/4 pounders or 1/3 pounders for burger lovers, all in the...
More Stories