- Gary Dinges American-Statesman Staff
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.
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.