The French fashion group Kering is setting up a Test & Innovation Laboratory (TIL) in Prato, Tuscany. It will provide chemical and other tests on products and raw materials for apparel, leathergoods, footwear, eyewear, watches and jewelry.

It is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2021. TIL will hire staff from Buzzi Laboratorio Analisi, a public testing lab that closed down last year, where the Kering group was a client. The group is expected to allow third parties access TIL’s services.