HELP WANTED: Macy’s is very serious about its dive into organics. Recently, an e-mail blast was sent out from manufacturer Pangea Organics (a brand to be sold in Macy’s new organic sets this fall) citing that several Macy’s locations are looking for an organic cosmetics beauty adviser. According to the e-mail, the candidate must possess “a commitment to an organic lifestyle and environmental sustainability,” in addition to selling and product training. The five Macy’s locations rolling out the sets this fall are Macy’s at Herald Square in Manhattan; Macy’s at Philadelphia Center City; Macy’s in downtown Boston; Macy’s at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., and Macy’s at Paramus Garden State Plaza in New Jersey. Reports also were circulating that the other brands in the sets besides Pangea Organics could include Burt’s Bees, Care by Stella McCartney, Farmaesthetics, Nvey Eco, Origins, Terre d’Oc and Organic Apoteke. PERFUMANIA BUY: Fragrance manufacturer and distributor Model Reorg Inc., whose subsidiaries include distributor Quality Fragrance Group (formerly Quality King Fragrances), manufacturer Five Star Fragrance Co. and retail unit Scents of Worth, has completed a merger with Perfumania Holdings Inc., which was formerly named E Com Ventures Inc. Shareholders of Model, which was controlled by the family of Glenn and Stephen Nussdorf, who is also a primary shareholder of Perfumania Holdings, received 5.9 million shares of Perfumania Holdings and warrants to acquire an additional 1.5 million shares at an exercise price of $23.94. E Com announced in December that it had entered a merger agreement with Model. Additionally, Perfumania Holdings has secured a senior credit facility of up to $250 million from General Electric Capital Corp. and a subordinated loan of $55 million from Nussdorf family trusts, borrowings that are expected to fund the opening of new Perfumania retail stores.
U.S. OPENING: British health and beauty brand and retailer The Organic Pharmacy will open its first Stateside store in Beverly Hills in December. The 1,000-square-foot space will offer the brand’s full lineup of organic skin care and cosmetics products, as well as treatments and homeopathic remedies from its dispensary. Margo Marrone, who, with her husband, Francesco, opened the brand’s first store on London’s Kings Road in 2002, said she’s eyeing an opening in New York for next year and is studying other markets, including Japan. The firm has four doors in London, and plans to open another later this year in the city’s financial district. According to industry sources, The Organic Pharmacy generates annual turnover in the region of 5 million pounds, or $9.3 million at current exchange. Those sources estimate that the Los Angeles space could ring up first-year sales of 1 million pounds, or $1.9 million.
BRONZER FOR BRONZE: To show its support for female Olympians from the U.S. and Canada in this year’s Beijing Games, Physicians Formula will send all female bronze medalists from the two countries a lifetime supply of bronzers. Some of the athletes who already have been sent product include Natalie Coughlin, Nastia Liukin and Shalane Flanagan. Physicians Formula, which markets more than 40 bronzers, claims to be the first mass market brand to have introduced bronzers and to hold the number-one market share in the category.
THERATIVE MOVE: Sandra Lawrence has been named president and chief executive officer of Therative, the Livermore, Calif.-based marketer of acne device ThermaClear and associated gels, cleansers and pads. Lawrence, who was most recently president of the home robot division of iRobot Corp. and held various positions at Johnson & Johnson, Polaroid and Gillette, replaces Therative founder and former ceo Peter Scocimara. Scocimara has moved into the chief operating and financial officer role. Therative, which was founded in 2005, has received funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, RWI Ventures and Band of Angels. ThermaClear sells for $149.95 at Sephora.com. NATURAL EXPANSION: Skin care line Clark’s Botanicals has expanded its distribution with a launch this month at five Saks Fifth Avenue stores — in New York; Phoenix; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Beverly Hills, in addition to saks.com. The brand also is available at C.O. Bigelow and Studio Fred Segal. With prices ranging from $19 for the Ultra Lip Balm to $155 for the Nourishing Youth Serum, the eight-item brand also will add Cellular Lifting Serum, an exclusive to Saks launching this fall. The serum uses apple-derived stem cells said to give instant lifting effects. Along with the launch, Clark’s founder, Francesco Clark, is working on a book, slated to be released in January 2010 (Hyperion), about his life dealing with a spinal cord injury and the creation of the company. Clark was recently appointed ambassador to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and received the Indy Award at the most recent Cosmetic Executive Women Awards.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast