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Beauty Beat: Trussardi Signs Deal With Selective Beauty … Warner, Jimenez to Urban Decay, Hard Candy … Cox Arquette Hosts Sweet Charity Screening

Italian luxury goods house Trussardi has inked a long-term worldwide fragrance licensing agreement with French distributor and manufacturer Selective Beauty.

Trussardi Signs Deal With Selective Beauty
PARIS — Italian luxury goods house Trussardi has inked a long-term worldwide fragrance licensing agreement with French distributor and manufacturer Selective Beauty.

Procter & Gamble announced the end of its licensing agreement with Trussardi, which it had inherited through the acquisition of Wella’s Cosmopolitan Cosmetics fine fragrance division. P&G’s deals with the Tony & Tina, Charles Jourdan and Yohji Yamamoto brands have also ended.

“The license to manufacture and distribute Trussardi fragrances with Cosmopolitan Cosmetics ended on June 30, on mutually agreed terms and conditions,” Trussardi said in a statement.

“[The deal] gives us the scope to develop the Italian market and to decide with the brand what other markets to develop,” said Christophe Cervasel, founder, chief operating officer and managing director of Paris-based Selective Beauty. The five-year-old firm rang up sales of 71 million euros, or $92.8 million at average exchange, last year.

The Trussardi Group, which last year generated volume of 122 million euros, or $159 million, has 100 boutiques and 120 corners worldwide. Its beauty portfolio includes Trussardi Jeans for men and women, Python for men and women, plus Skin, a women’s scent.
— Brid Costello

Warner, Jimenez to Urban Decay, Hard Candy
NEW YORK — Tim Warner will join Urban Decay and Hard Candy Cosmetics as general manager of both brands, while Eric Jimenez will become the brands’ worldwide retail sales director, on Aug. 1. Both Warner and Jimenez formerly worked at Benefit Cosmetics.

Warner will be responsible for managing the Costa Mesa, Calif., headquarters of Urban Decay and Hard Candy and overseeing the two brands. He previously served as executive vice president of Benefit Cosmetics for nearly 10 years, where he managed growth of the company’s wholesale business.

Jimenez, a makeup artist, motivational speaker and salesman, will oversee the team of in-store makeup artists for Urban Decay and Hard Candy and will be responsible for generating in-store buzz on an international level, the company stated. Jimenez previously held the title of ambassador of beauty at Benefit Cosmetics and helped to expand the brand globally.

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Urban Decay and Hard Candy are now owned by Falic Group, a duty-free retailer based in Miami. Warner and Jimenez will report to Nicolas Topiol, a member of the board of Urban Decay and Hard Candy.
— Bryn Kenny

Cox Arquette Hosts Sweet Charity Screening
LOS ANGELES — Kinerase Skincare spokeswoman Courteney Cox Arquette hosted a private, star-studded screening of Warner Bros.’ “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Monday night to benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Foundation, which seeks a cure for a rare genetic skin disease affecting children.

Actors Diane Lane, Maria Bello, Camryn Manheim, Elizabeth Perkins, Madeleine Stowe, James Marsden and Skeet Ulrich brought their kids to enjoy macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and piles of Willy Wonka candy at the Armand Hammer Museum courtyard before the screening. Cox Arquette took time to talk to each guest with EB, a disease she is familiar with. “My manager’s sister has a son with EB, so I’ve seen firsthand what a terrible disease this is. When Kinerase said they wanted to get involved in a charity, I knew I had to do this,” she said.

Wes Wheeler, president of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in Costa Mesa, Calif., which produces the three-year-old skin care line, said the partnership was fate: “The doctor who heads the EB Foundation is the same doctor who trained our research team.” He added that the company plans to host more events with Cox Arquette. “I was a fan before I even started working with them, so it’s been a great partnership so far,” she said.
— Marcy Medina