Men's Skin Care Zooms; Online Booms NEW YORK — Men's skin care sales rose 13 percent in U.S. department stores last year to $59 million, according to NPD Beauty, a division of market information company The NPD Group...
Men's Skin Care Zooms; Online Booms NEW YORK — Men's skin care sales rose 13 percent in U.S. department stores last year to $59 million, according to NPD Beauty, a division of market information company The NPD Group Inc.
This growth rate was more than double that of both the entire skin care category and the total women's skin care market last year, each of which grew by 6 percent. It was the second consecutive year that the men's skin care category outpaced women's skin care, NPD said.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, an extensive NPD Beauty study called "Emerging Channels: Beauty Care Products on the Internet," found that the main reason 53 percent of women who shop on the Internet do so is because they are looking for more convenience. It is easier to shop there, they say.
Also, faster connection speeds are making accessing the Internet easier and women "are now noticing items that used to be exclusive to 'brick-and-mortar' retailers are now available online," the published report said.
The survey also found that women tend to shop online for brands they already own and are less likely to buy brands online that they've never heard of. From March 28 to April 6, NPD surveyed more than 7,300 women age 18 to 64 and 6,863 of them reported shopping for beauty products during the past 12 months.
Overall, 10 percent of the women said they shopped for beauty online, spending an average of $83 a year. The report also said that self-reported online beauty shopping rose by 38 percent over last year. What's more, 20 percent of female consumers intend to spend more online for beauty products during the next year than they did in the last year.
"What may be even more surprising to many manufacturers and retailers is that the Internet has already surpassed some of the more traditional channels for beauty products in terms of future purchase intent, such as fine department stores, kiosks at malls and phone or mail order channels," said Timra Carlson, the outgoing president of NPD Beauty.
Sites that sell multiple brands are the most popular among shoppers, according to NPD. In terms of online beauty purchases, drugstore.com and sephora.com were the first and second most popular sites, respectively. These were followed, in order, by avon.com, victoriassecret.com and target.com.About half of women browse for beauty products online, then buy them in a store, while 80 percent browse online, purchase online and have the products shipped to them. Just over one quarter of customers browse for products in a store, purchase them on the Internet and then have them shipped.
"Cross-shopping for beauty products is rampant," according to the survey, "and it appears the Internet is now considered another channel option for consumers." Speaking of cross-channel shopping, there are more than 15 different channels for consumers to choose from, up from five in 1990, according to NPD.
When it comes to cross-shopping, 75 percent of women who reported shopping for beauty products online said they also buy beauty products from mass merchandisers, which are followed closely by drugstores and specialty stores. Thirty percent of department store beauty shoppers also shop for beauty products online.
"Smaller, nontraditional channels for beauty products also have the highest levels of cross-shopping via the Internet," the NPD report stated. For instance, nearly 67 percent of duty-free customers also shop online. Of those who buy beauty products at dermatologists' offices, 56 percent also shop on the Internet. And, about half of the women who shop on TV channels cross-shop online.
"Emerging Channels: Beauty Care Products on the Internet" is one of a series of three reports being produced this year by NPD Beauty. The other two, which are pending, focus on TV home shopping and specialty stores. — Matthew W. Evans
Chanel's Duffy Resigns NEW YORK — Susan Duffy, vice president of public relations and corporate events for Chanel Fragrances and Beaute, has resigned after over 16 years with the firm. Her last day will be July 8.
"While at Chanel, Susan has built and led an innovative, motivated p.r. team that has strategically and creatively conceived and implemented image- and brand-building initiatives that have achieved editorial dominance for our products and an industry buzz," said Maureen Chiquet, president and chief operating officer of Chanel Inc., in an internal announcement. "Susan was instrumental in spearheading the recent Nicole Kidman/No.5 press initiatives, launching the celebrity makeup artist program and building a consumer and press desire for all Chanel fragrance and beauty products over the years."Duffy is the second senior p.r. staffer to announce plans to exit the brand in as many weeks. Rosemarie Sterling, Chanel's executive director of p.r., Fragrances and Beaute, resigned last week and will head up U.S. p.r. efforts for YSL Beaute, beginning in August. — Julie Naughton
Summit Denies Reports NEW YORK — Summit Partners denied reports Tuesday that it is preparing to sell Physicians Formula by interviewing investment bankers to assist in a sale.
"As you would expect, Summit Partners frequently speaks to investment bankers to familiarize them with our portfolio companies," said a Summit spokeswoman. "This does not indicate anything more than that. We are not selling Physicians Formula."
The Boston-based investment firm acquired a majority stake in Physicians nearly two years ago. Previously, the niche beauty brand was owned by Pierre Fabre Inc., which retains a minority interest in the company.
Physicians Formula — known for its problem-solution approach to beauty — has garnered attention from competitors and earned praise from retailers for its stellar sales growth over the last several years.
According to Information Resources Inc., Physicians' retail sales rose 12 percent to $64.4 million (excluding Wal-Mart) for the 52-week period ended June 12.
At a conference this month, Ingrid Jackel-Marken, senior vice president of marketing for Physicians Formula, declared, "We are no longer below the radar." — Molly Prior
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)