ALES PHILOSOPHY: Philosophy Inc. has named Eileen Barker senior vice president of sales and education, effective April 14. Barker was most recently senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fresh Cosmetics, owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. She has also held several related roles at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., including posts at Bobbi Brown. Philosophy chief executive officer E. Michael McNamara said of the appointment, “We saw a need to add capabilities at the senior level.…Everything about Barker’s personality, energy and drive will lead the organization’s growth.” Barker, referring to Philosophy’s brand potential, said: “It has a positioning as a lifestyle brand. It captures peoples’ emotions.”
SHISEIDO PLANT: Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido is to invest $38 million to build a production facility in Vietnam, the firm announced Tuesday. Next month, it will establish a manufacturing subsidiary called Shiseido Vietnam Inc., which will begin work on the site in December. The factory, which will supply mainly mid- and low-priced treatment products for countries in the Association of South Eastern Nations, or ASEAN region, will be operational by December 2009, Shiseido stated. Shiseido’s overseas business is expected to surpass 36 percent of the company’s net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, compared with 32.4 percent in the prior fiscal year. Shiseido said China will continue to be its core focus. The company expanded its Shanghai factory last year to increase production capacity in the country.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"