NEW YORK — Physicians Formula Holdings Inc. continued to expand its retail reach in the first quarter, and gain traction with new product launches, including its Organic Wear makeup range.
The problem-solution makeup brand reported Monday that its quarterly net income was $5 million, or 34 cents a diluted share, compared with $4.3 million, or 30 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Net sales for the first quarter ended March 31 gained 19.6 percent to $42.7 million, compared with $35.7 million in the year-ago period.
Physicians Formula said it increased its share of the mass market masstige (or premium-priced) makeup segment to 8 percent over the 52-week period ended March 22, from 7.3 percent in the year-ago period, according to ACNielsen (which does not include Wal-Mart and Canada).
Chairman and chief executive officer Ingrid Jackel said the company is on track to expand its retail distribution to more than 29,000 doors by year's end, compared with 27,000 doors at the end of 2007.
She added that late in the quarter, the company started advertising and promotional efforts for its latest initiatives, which included the introduction of Organic Wear, extensions to its Mineral Wear franchise and the revamped eye makeup category.
The company stated it remains cautious because of the soft consumer environment, but reiterated its full-year 2008 outlook. It continues to expect 2008 net sales of between $123 million and $125 million, or an increase of between 10 and 12 percent, respectively.
— Molly Prior
Parlux, Natori Ink Scent Deal
Parlux Fragrances Inc. and lingerie designer Josie Natori have signed a fragrance licensing deal that calls for the introduction of a Natori scent in September of next year.
While details of a fragrance, packaging and product lineup have yet to be finalized, Natori Co. and Parlux are planning for a single, feminine scent initially.
The designer, along with Neil Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Parlux, noted in an interview after inking the agreement Monday that they want to target top-tier specialty stores with the scent, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, where Natori's high-end lingerie is carried. Katz also said he sees international and duty-free distribution as part of the strategy for the Natori fragrance."This is a very important project for Parlux Fragrances," said Katz. "Parlux for the most part is in fragrances that are [distributed in] department stores, not specialty stores."
The scent will mark the first time Natori has had a fragrance in specialty store distribution. In the mid-Nineties, she launched a scent with Avon Products Inc. and, prior to that, in 1983, she embarked upon a fragrance project on her own.
"We celebrated 30 years [of business] last year and from the time I landed in the industry," said Natori, "I have [believed] scent is a natural extension of what we do — because lingerie is closest to the skin."
Natori's four fashion lines (Natori, Josie Natori, Josie and Cruz) include home textile products in addition to lingerie, and Katz said he could envision home fragrance products like candles and sachets as eventual additions to a Natori fragrance collection.
"Lingerie has the same fantasy and imagery [as fragrance]," said Katz, "and Natori designs are East-meets-West imagery, which adds to the fantasy."
— Matthew W. Evans
Von Teese Gets Nude for Cause
MAC Viva Glam spokeswoman Dita Von Teese took it all off to model for artists who created works to benefit the New York Academy of Art's recent Take Home a Nude event, which raised $500,000 in scholarship funds for the Academy.
Von Teese posed for a group of artists during a private session the day before a silent auction, held April 16, to sell the drawings and paintings.
Von Teese admitted to being a bit nervous at first, since it was the first time she posed for a group of artists. "I didn't know what to do, so I needed to be asked and directed," she said. "I then thought of it as this fantasy. It's the 1890s and I'm in Paris, still a poor showgirl and need money to buy some bread and wine, so I go pose at the art school — I then got more comfortable right away.
"I've always been inspired by art, especially the art of nudes, which is how I got my start," she added. "I always wanted to be a pinup girl and was inspired by pinup art."Also featured in the live auction was a watercolor by Eric Fischl, a portrait of school founder Andy Warhol (by his artist friend Jamie Wyeth), two photo works by Warhol, a work by Jeff Koons, a Spencer Tunick photograph of a nude installation in France and a work by painter Will Cotton.
Among those at the event were designers Nicole Miller and Cynthia Rowley and hotelier André Balazs.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)