Congratulations to Solomon Lew on becoming the first Australian to be inducted into the World Retail Congress Hall of Fame.
The veteran retailer, who has amassed a $2 billion-plus fortune during his 53-year retail career, will be one of three new members inducted into the hall of fame, which recognises the lifetime achievements of retail "legends".
The other two inductees in 2016 are US fashion retailer Tommy Hilfiger and British perfumer Jo Malone.
Annual inductees are selected from three global regions: The Americas; Asia Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mr Lew, Ms Malone and Mr Hilfiger join an elite group of eminent international retailers that includes Zara founder Amancio Ortega, The Arcadia Group's Sir Philip Green, Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai and IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad.
Mr Lew is the chairman and largest shareholder of Premier Investments, which owns well-known Australian brands including Just Jeans, Peter Alexander, Smiggle, Dotti and Portmans. He was also Chairman of Coles Myer for many years.
Mr Lew and his family also own fashion and accessories distributor Voyager Distribution, toy and homeware distributor Playcorp, property investment company Century Plaza, brands including Seed, Thurley, Anthea Crawford and Simon de Winter, and the Australian licences to clothing and accessories chains FCUK and Nine West.
Kinnersley Kent Design is proud to sponsor this year’s World Retail Congress, taking place from 12-14 April at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai.