BERLIN — Procter & Gamble has named Heiner Gürtler to head its new business unit that combines the Global Professional business of Wella, P&G Clairol, Prestige Beauté Fine Fragrances and Cosmopolitan Cosmetics.
Gürtler, currently the chief executive officer of Wella and president of Global Professional Hair and Cosmopolitan Cosmetics, will now assume the new position of group president of Global Prestige and Professional Care. He will report directly to A.G. Lafley, P&G’s chairman, ceo and president.
The combination of the Wella and P&G business units follows the registration of a domination agreement between the two companies in June. The agreement provided the legal basis for P&G to consolidate Wella’s activities into the American group.
Gürtler stated, “With the creation of this new business unit, Wella is taking on an increased role within P&G in both of its core competencies — prestige and professional. This structure will ensure that Wella’s prestige and professional care expertise is preserved and further developed.”
In related moves, Carsten Fischer, executive vice president of Wella Professional, America, Asia and Pacific, has been appointed president of Professional Care. He will continue to report to Gürtler and be based in Darmstadt.
Hartwig Langer, now vice president of Global Fine Fragrances, has been named president of Prestige Products. He will report to Gürtler and be based in Geneva. — Melissa Drier
ADP Begins Loyalty Program
PARIS — Generally people earn points by traveling. But now, Aeroports de Paris is inviting its customers to rack up points even before they take off. The French travel-retail operator has begun a loyalty card program in Paris’ Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports.
For every euro spent in a participating airport store, cardholders receive 1.5 points. If 750 points are accumulated within one year, the cardholder will receive three $6 gift vouchers, or 5 euros at current exchange rates, to be used in its stores. Special bonus points will also be obtainable during the year. In the three months after its March launch, 9,000 people signed up for the ADP card.Mercier, Warren-Tricomi Team Up
NEW YORK — Warren-Tricomi’s 57th Street salon has launched a complete line of services under the Laura Mercier Cosmetics brand. In addition to carrying Mercier’s complete color cosmetics line, the Mercier boutique offers makeup applications, consultations, special occasion makeup and eyebrow sculpting by makeup artists, including brow expert and makeup artist Maribeth Madron. The Laura Mercier counters at Warren-Tricomi are the only location where customers can receive a complete makeup lesson, a makeup application and eyebrow sculpting under the brand.
Versace Beauty Unit for Sale?
MILAN — Reports are circulating in the market here that Versace is on the verge of selling its beauty business, Giver Profumi, to a major industry player. An announcement is expected within two weeks, according to sources. Executives at Versace could not be reached for comment.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)