Last week’s announcement that Canada’s Jean Coutu Group would start selling Clinique raised the hopes of many U.S. drug chains that they might also secure the coveted brand.But those familiar with the Canadian market, where Clinique has been sold in Shopper Drug Mart for years, said that’s not likely to happen at this juncture.While U.S. chains are doing an impressive job of burnishing their image, they still lag behind Canada in ambiance and service, explained brands selling in Canada. Compounding that issue is the fact the department store trade is sparse in Canada with large geographical areas not covered.Jean Coutu officials said Clinique will be in several of its affiliated stores in Quebec and New Brunswick as well as Jean Coutu online. The chain dominates the Canadian pharmacy business with an estimated 50 percent of total sales. That is complemented with an upscale beauty department staffed by one to four consultants at all times and offering beauty brands such as Caudalie, Biotherm and Jouviance. In store beauty services include skin analysis, makeup touch-ups and a makeup trial program. Jean Coutu operates 418 stores in three provinces with average sales per store pegged at about $12 million. Beauty is front and center at the entrance to stores and the category is estimated to approach 10 percent of sales at some locations. Stores are decorated lavishly for seasonal events, especially holiday."We are pleased to offer Clinique products, previously available only in large centers, over a wider territory. The implementation will be staggered over three years. Fifty four stores will carry the brand by August 2017," said Christian Comtois, senior manager, cosmetics at Jean Coutu Group.Artur Klepacz, brand general manager at Clinique Canada and Lab Series for Men said Clinique’s beauty vision is “in line” with Jean Coutu’s customers.Jean Coutu will stock the popular skin-care lines such as the famous 3-Step system, Acne Solutions products, the men's line, the Smart franchise, antiaging skin care and several recent products. Makeup will also be featured at Jean Coutu. Some brand standouts such as Chubby Sticks, foundations and lipsticks, as well as several new launches will be available.Jean Coutu already carried two fragrances for women and one for men: Clinique Happy (men and women) and Aromatics Elixir."I think Clinique's additional distribution will attract new users and will be supportive to their e-commerce business. Channels have blurred and will continue to do so,” said industry consultant Allen Mottus.Inspired by European apothecaries, Canada’s leading drug doors sell brands such as Clinique, Clarins, Lise Watier, Biotherm and Lancôme. Perhaps the most upscale of all is Shoppers Drug Mart with more than 1,200 doors. Earlier this year, Shoppers Drug Mart upgrades its L’Oréal Active Cosmetics department with a fresh approach to the derm skin-care lines, which include Vichy and LaRoche-Posay.Shoppers Drug Mart also offers the Joe Fresh Beauty line consisting of more than 150 new cosmetics products, all under $18. Another proprietary line is Quo, which launched in 1999.Other Canadian powers include Rexall, London Drug, Katz, Brunet and Uniprix.More From WWD:Retail Groups Push New Trump Trade Rep. to Keep NAFTAThe Roundtable Returns With Changing Cast of CharactersLevi’s Donating $1 Million to Groups Protecting ‘Vulnerable’ Communities
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