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.
LIFE AQUATIC: Utilizing Procter & Gamble’s Aquacurrent Science, the new Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner system incorporates technology designed to regulate the flow of water in and out of the hair fiber and is said to make hair 10 times stronger against damage. A portion of the proceeds from every Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths purchase will support Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charity that creates free wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment. Cover Girl also offers products inspired by Aquacurrent Science to help with moisture, while covering imperfections and evening out skin tone. The technology also is incorporated in Oil of Olay and Secret products.
NEW AT CLINIQUE: Ricardo Quintero has been appointed senior vice president, general manager of the Americas for Clinique. He will join the company July 1 and will be responsible for all North and South America sales and profits as well as North American marketing and sales administration. “The role is key to Clinique’s continued growth in both of these significant geographical regions. Ricardo brings his diverse experience, strategic ability and worldwide learnings to this position,” stated Lynne Greene, global president of Clinique, to whom Quintero will report. Quintero has been senior vice president and general manager of Clinique International, responsible for sales and profits for the Clinique business outside of North America. “During this time, the brand has enjoyed strong growth and development, including the opening of new markets like India and expansion into Brazil,” stated Greene. Before joining Clinique’s international team, Quintero was general manager of the Estée Lauder Cos. in Korea.FABRE MOVE: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique has named Hubert Bevelsborg president and chief executive officer of its U.S. operations. Bevelsborg’s new duties include running the Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique USA business in Parsippany, N.J., and overseeing the France-based firm’s medicine, skin care and hair care brands, including René Furterer, Klorane, Glytone, Avene and A-Derma. Bevelsborg, who joined L’Oréal in 1987 — then went to the Estée Lauder Cos. in 1994 — has been managing director of Fabre’s operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria since 2001. Sales of that business quadrupled, and profits increased, during Bevelsborg’s tenure as managing director, the firm stated. Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique has more than 90 global affiliates and annual revenues of about $3 billion.
JUICY PAIRING: Christopher Kane has designs on lips. The British designer has teamed up with L’Oréal-owned Lancôme to create a collection of Juicy Tubes lip glosses. The limited edition collection, dubbed Juicy Tubes World Tour by Christopher Kane, is made up of glosses inspired by New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rio de Janeiro. “Fashion makes you travel and I’ve been lucky enough to visit many interesting places that each have unique visions of individuality and beauty,” stated Kane. In the U.K., eight glosses will be available, including Cinnamon Soho, Tokyo Uzu, Moulin Rose and Banana Ipanema. The collection, which features dress designs by Kane on its packaging, bowed in the U.S. this month and will roll out internationally in April. Each Juicy Tube is priced at 13.50 pounds, or $27.08 at current exchange, in the U.K. This isn’t Kane’s first linkup with Lancôme. The designer has won the Lancôme Colour Designs Awards twice.
“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.