Kees Kruythoff assumed his post as president of Unilever’s North American business after running the Brazilian operations of the Anglo-Dutch giant. Although conventional wisdom would hold that an emerging, fast-growing country would present a plethora of growth opportunities versus a mature, well-developed market, the opposite has proved to be the case. Unilever’s U.S. beauty business is on fire, with the company leading the mass market in sales increases in the key categories in which it competes. We wanted to know what is driving that success, and for the first time in more than a decade, key Unilever executives—Kruythoff and Gina Boswell, executive vice president of personal care in North America—sat down with WWD Beauty Inc for an in-depth discussion about the company’s strategic vision for the personal-care category. “We have a real growth agenda in the U.S.,” says Kruythoff. “It is all about growth, growth and growth.” To find out how he and Boswell are going to do it, turn to “Clean Sweep.”
Kruythoff also spent time running Unilever’s South Africa business. As he no doubt can attest, some of the countries of that continent are emerging as hot spots for beauty brands looking to establish a toehold in developing markets. WWD’s executive editor of beauty, Pete Born, and South African- based reporter Bambina Wise have collaborated on a report to give us a comprehensive overview of the region’s rapidly evolving beauty landscape. The result is in “Oh Africa!.”
The 18 people featured in “The Bay City Rollers” are also adept at optimizing growth opportunities. They represent the Silicon Valley power players in the worlds of tech and finance who most impact the beauty universe. The list features everyone from JH Partners’ John Hansen, best known for his acquisition of Bare Escentuals back in 1990, to Amy Cole, Instagram employee number six and the person to know if you’re a brand hoping to maximize your presence on the platform.
They’re on the cutting edge of knowing what’s next, and we hope you’ll feel the same after reading this issue.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion