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.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.