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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye