HSN DEBUT: Pangea Organics is helping make the case that organic skin care products have reached their tipping point this year. The Boulder, Colo.-based brand made its HSN debut Thursday, is launching next week at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, will hit Macy’s shelves in October and, in the spring, will enter Sephora stores in Europe. Pangea founder Joshua Onysko estimated the brand has tripled its distribution in the past year and will be available in 2,000 doors by the end of this year. He added that Pangea has experienced growth surpassing 650 percent in the past 20 months and expects to generate some $10 million in sales this year. “This has been the fastest year of my life,” he said. For holiday, Pangea is introducing three different gift boxes containing three items each that, when planted, sprout spruce trees. The gift boxes are priced at $30 to $40, while Pangea’s entire range runs from roughly $7 to $40. The brand has also partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP on a kids’ line called The Lorax Project, which will be unveiled with some 21 products in the spring.
BASIC MOVE: Basic Research, the Salt Lake City-based distributor of the StriVectin and Amatokin skin care brands, has named Brad Stewart president. Stewart, a 25-year veteran of finance and operations, joined the firm in May 2007 as chief financial officer. Prior to joining Basic Research, Stewart had spent eight years at Arthur Andersen. He also has directed and completed two initial public offerings and has experience in foreign exchange transactions. GREEN SCENE: Neal’s Yard Remedies will host its first annual Natural Beauty Honours award ceremony next Thursday, which will pay tribute to people the British beauty brand believes have helped increase eco-awareness in the health and beauty fields. The first recipients of the accolade will be designer Bella Freud, Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith, Jade Jagger and Green & Blacks chocolate brand founder Josephine Fairley. CREATIVE LAUNCH: Niche fragrance marketer Creative Universe is rolling out its seventh scent, a citrusy blend of green mandarin, vanilla, amber and rose petals that’s called Element of Attraction. The women’s eau de toilette, which was first introduced in June, is to reach a new women’s fashion boutique, called Pas de Deux, on East 11th Street in Manhattan next week. Element of Attraction comes in a 4.3-oz. bottle priced at $72. The Creative Universe brand, which was launched in 1995 by founder Beth Terry, is carried at 150 stores worldwide including Barneys New York and Colette in Paris. BOUFFANTS AND BUBBLY: Starting November, frizz-phobes visiting the Channel Islands will be able to head straight to the Grand Hotel Jersey for tress-taming over cocktails. The hotel has teamed up with straightening irons brand GHD to offer the “GHD Spa Bar” — tables located in its Champagne bar equipped with straighteners and moveable mirrored screens. The service is free but on weekends, patrons must book in advance and purchase of a bottle of Champagne.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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