BERLIN — Douglas Perfumeries is quadrupling its number of doors in France.
The German beauty retailer has agreed to acquire the French perfumery group S.A. Lavigne, effective July 1. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Lavigne Group operates 150 Elytis perfumeries in France, 35 of which are company-owned doors and 115 of which are franchise shops. Net sales for the group last year reached 52 million euros, or $70 million at average exchange rates.
Douglas has 55 perfumeries in France, which generated sales of about 77 million euros, or $93 million, during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
Douglas said the Elytis store network complements its presence in France, with “virtually no duplication or overlapping.” The Elytis stores will successively assume the Douglas name, though a time frame has not been set for the changeover.
With 800 doors, Douglas Perfumeries have a presence in 17 countries. In fiscal 2003-2004, the chain posted net sales of 1.3 billion euros, or about $1.57 billion. — Melissa Drier
Laura Ashley vs. L’Oréal
LONDON — U.K. retailer Laura Ashley is seeking approximately 28 million British pounds, or $51.1 million at current exchange rates, in compensation from L’Oréal, following the 2002 termination by L’Oréal of a 20-year licensing agreement allowing L’Oréal to manufacture Ashley perfumes and toiletries, which Ashley granted in 1996. L’Oréal terminated the license following a dispute between the two companies. During an initial tribunal in October at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, the body ruled in favor of Laura Ashley, finding L’Oréal’s purported termination of the license to be invalid. The second phase of the tribunal is due to be heard in 2006, when costs and compensation will be decided. — Nina Jones
Inter Parfums’ Madar Honored
NEW YORK — Jean Madar, chairman, chief executive officer and co-founder of New York-based Inter Parfums Inc., has been named Ernst & Young’s Metropolitan New York Entrepreneur of the Year — for the second time.This year, Madar was honored in the consumer products category. Eleven years ago, he received the award in the manufacturing, distribution and transportation category. A panel of judges made up of local community and business leaders “recognizing excellence in business leadership and entrepreneurial spirit” made this year’s selection, Inter Parfums stated.
While in his early 20s, Madar moved here from Paris in 1985. After co-founding Inter Parfums with Philippe Benacin, the firm was taken public in 1988. As the company built a mass market business in the U.S., a strategy was enacted to build a prestige business in Europe, where Madar and Benacin had previously formed Inter Parfums SA in Paris in 1983.
In 1991, Inter Parfums SA became a subsidiary of Inter Parfums Inc. as a result of a reorganization of the companies, which were under common control. Madar and Benacin owned Inter Parfums SA, and they had Inter Parfums Inc. acquire Inter Parfums SA via procurement of more shares by Madar and Benacin.
Inter Parfums is the worldwide licensee for Burberry, S.T. Dupont, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix, Celine, Diane von Furstenberg and Lanvin. The firm also has a controlling interest in men’s skin care brand Nickel and is a top supplier of mass market fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products.
Other winners of this year’s Ernst & Young award will be announced during a November awards gala in Palm Springs. — Matthew W. Evans
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia