FIRMENICH CHAIR: Vernon Sankey has been elected chairman of Firmenich’s board of directors. He replaces Jean-Marc Bruel, who will retire from the role after an eight-year tenure. Sankey, who took up the chairman role Thursday, joined Firmenich’s board in 2006. He is also a member of the boards of Zurich Financial Services AG and Atos Origin SA. Bruel joined Firmenich’s board in 1995 and was named chairman in 2000. He was the firm’s first nonfamily chairman since Firmenich was founded in 1895. In other Firmenich news, the privately owned firm reported sales for the year ended June 30 hit 2.85 billion Swiss francs, or $2.52 billion at current exchange. That equates to a 13.5 percent increase in Swiss francs and an 18.4 percent hike in local currencies. Its perfumery division generated double-digit growth in the period. “In fine fragrance we achieved a robust sales progression and again posted the highest win rate for new market launches,” the firm stated. LONG ROAD TO CVS: The battle for Longs Drug Stores may be finally over. Walgreen Co. chief executive Jeffrey A. Rein issued a letter to Longs Drug Stores stating it was withdrawing its takeover offer of about $2.8 billion. The letter states Longs refused to “engage in a constructive dialogue.” Last month, Longs decided to accept a lower bid from CVS Caremark.
REGIS UP: Salon operator Regis Corp. posted first-quarter revenues of $680.2 million, a 1.9 percent increase from $667.5 million in the same period a year ago, as overall same-store sales slipped by 1.6 percent. Hair services accounted for the bulk of sales at the 13,500-unit chain, generating 70.3 percent of revenues, or $478.1 million, while product sales accounted for 28.1 percent of revenues, or $191.4 million. “Consumers are cutting back and as a result we are seeing a slowdown in spending and visitation patterns,” Paul D. Finkelstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Regis, said of effects of the economic environment on same store sales. He added that first-quarter earnings from operations are now expected to be near or slightly below the low end of the firm’s guidance range of 41 to 47 cents a share.
PIER 1 VENTURE: Pier 1 Imports Inc. is taking a bigger stride into beauty. The 1,100-store retailer, which began carrying a spa product line from Thailand called Prann a year ago and added a body care line from Israel called Nature’s Minerals in July, is poised to launch no less than five collections of bath and body care products and accessories for spring. The lines, which include monikers like Freesia, Seaside Mist and Pink Grapefruit, were unveiled during a press event at Gary’s Loft this week. Prices across the different lines range from $1.50 to $30, and the collections are slated to be launched during January, February and April. L’OREAL MASTERS: L’Oréal is going back to school. The French beauty giant is sponsoring the law and business ethics masters degree at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, in France’s Val-d’Oise department. The program will begin in 2009. “It is the first diploma of its kind in Europe,” said Emmanuel Lulin, L’Oréal’s director of ethics and sponsor of the law and business ethics masters class of 2009. “Business ethics is a complex subject, which needs to be addressed with humility and determination. The global leaders of tomorrow are those companies who have integrated ethics into their strategic planning but also [into] their everyday business practices.” L’Oréal also supports the university’s law and business ethics chair, which was created in July 2007.
RAMOS DEBUT: Hairstylist Robert Ramos launched his namesake hair care line at the Estilo Salon in Los Angeles Monday night. Ramos’ Hollywood client list includes Jessica Alba, who attended the launch event with husband Cash Warren and actress Jaime King, and Bette Midler, whose tresses Ramos handles for her Las Vegas shows. Robert Ramos Products includes four, 8-oz. items: Daily Moisture Shampoo for $23, Daily Moisture Conditioner for $23, Spray Leave-In Conditioner for $25 and Volumizer for $31. Ramos called the Volumizer, which contains hydrolyzed algae and rice protein, the star of the initial selection. “It was important to me to have something that would give you body and volume, but wouldn’t beat up your hair,” he said. “The algae really seals the hair and protects it from environmental assault, and the rice protein gives you the texture and the body.” The line is sold at Estilo and robertramos.com, and Ramos expects it to generate $250,000 in first-year sales.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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