NEW YORK — Men's skin care brand Nickel is poised for a resurgence in the U.S.

Inter Parfums Inc., the parent company of Nickel, reached a deal this summer with Berjang USA for Berjang to distribute the Nickel product line in the U.S.

Los Angeles-based Berjang, which handles the Le Petit Prince, Jacadi and IKKS fragrance businesses in the U.S., plans to target a specialty store distribution network with Nickel in the U.S., beginning this month.

The Nickel product assortment is primarily carried at the brand's two spas, on 14th Street here and on Market Street in San Francisco. It's also available at nickelformen.com. For the past two years, Inter Parfums did not focus on maintaining distribution of the Nickel brand in the U.S. and the brand's network dwindled into a handful of doors. But, with the Berjang deal, the brand is seen gaining distribution in major U.S. specialty chains, where it had been several years ago.

The Nickel assortment features about 18 items, ranging in price from $16 for a 125-ml. shave gel, called Smooth Operator, to $68 for a 50-ml. antiaging cream called Silicone Valley, which is slated to appear later this fall.

Future plans for the brand call for two six-item travel sets — a bag for $40 and a case for $18 — to release later this fall. There are also plans for a new Nickel fragrance, which could make its debut prior to the holiday season.
— Matthew W. Evans

Lacey Opening Store

LONDON — Amanda Lacey is setting up shop.

The facialist, whose celebrity clients are said to include Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, will open a store on tony Walton Street October 15. The space will feature a treatment room and a retail area devoted to Lacey's eponymous line of skin care, bath-and-body and fragrance products.

"[The brand] has to have its own home," said Lacey, who will continue to offer her signature facials from the clinic in her nearby Chelsea home. "We have to take the next step."The 400-square-foot space, which is located near the Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods department store, will feature white Carrera marble floors and curved walls. A light panel will present the Amanda Lacey logo — a flower comprising petals in the shape of Lacey's profile. The motif will also feature as part of a computer-generated film on display.

The store will carry Lacey's fragrances — Aria di Collina and Agrumi di Sicilia — which are otherwise only sold on her Web site. "I don't want to sell them in other stores," she said. "They would get lost."

A third scent, a unisex dubbed Erbe Marzoline, will bow when the store opens, as well as Incredible Pink Lotion for problem skin and Cupid's Bow Plumping Lip Balm.

Amanda Lacey products, which range in price from 35 pounds, or $70.75 at current exchange, for a 45-ml. jar of Restoring Mandarin Mask to 75 pounds, or $151.60, for a 30-ml. bottle of Incredible Pink Serum, an antiaging product, are also sold through Fenwicks' Bond Street store and Harvey Nichols stores in London, Manchester, Dubai and Hong Kong, as well as online.— Brid Costello

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