FUSION MOVE: New York-based Fusion Brands Inc., which markets the Clean and FusionBeauty brands, has formed a fragrance business unit, called the Luxury Fragrance Division, and has named 20-year industry veteran Dana Kline president of the division. Caroline Pieper-Vogt, Fusion Brands Inc.’s chief executive officer, said one method of fragrance brand creation within the new division “could be through licensing.” Moreover, she indicated the company is close to announcing a deal to become the sales agent for a “well-known, luxury fashion house and their fragrance.” She added that initially the new division might include three to five brands. In her new post, Kline, who joins Fusion Brands Inc. from Icon Beauty LLC, a sales and marketing division of Gemini Cosmetics she created three years ago when she joined that firm, reports to Pieper-Vogt.

KORS, USHER TO GET FIFIS: The Fragrance Foundation will present Michael Kors with its Hall of Fame Award during the group’s FiFi ceremonies on June 10, according to foundation president Rochelle Bloom. In addition, Usher will receive the Male Celebrity Fragrance of the Year award. The fragrance award event will be held at the Downtown Armory in Manhattan.

REGIS SALES: Hair salon operator Regis Corp. posted total revenues of $587.6 million for the third quarter ended March 31, a 2.7 percent decline from $604.1 million in the same period a year ago. The firm recorded a 1.8 percent decline in same-store sales, compared with a 4.5 percent slide in comparable-store sales in the year-ago period. “As we had expected, we are gradually beginning to see improvement in our same-store sales results,” stated Paul D. Finkelstein, chairman and chief executive officer. “The month of March was our best month in a long time, with flat North American same-store sales.” Sales of Regis’ North American salons, which make up the bulk of the business, were down 3.1 percent to $517 million from $533.6 million. International salon sales were off 1.2 percent to $35.5 million, from $35.9 million a year ago. Sales of the firm’s hair restoration business experienced a 1.3 percent uptick to $35.1 million, from $34.7 million last year. At the end of 2009, the company owned, franchised or held ownership interests in 12,800 locations worldwide under banners including Supercuts, Sassoon Salon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters, Cool Cuts 4 Kids and Hair Club for Men and Women.

FERGALICIOUS FRAGRANCE: Black Eyed Peas front woman Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ferguson, has unveiled the name of her upcoming Avon scent. The fragrance, called Outspoken by Fergie, will be available in September for $28 through Avon representatives, and was created to capture her bold sense of expression. “From my music to my wardrobe, my style is all about speaking up and making a statement,” stated Fergie. “That’s why my first-ever fragrance exudes independence. Outspoken definitely turns heads, but it also lets your true personality shine through.” The fragrance, described as a “bold, floral fruity” scent, is house in a translucent black bottle with a cap inspired by the decor in her bridal suite on the day of her wedding to actor Josh Duhamel.

COSMETOLOGY CAMPAIGNER:
Ted Gibson, hair expert on TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and creator of his namesake hair care line, has a new role: spokesman for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. “I will be the one to raise the level of awareness about the value of beauty schools,” said Gibson, who attended OG’s School of Hair Design in his native Killeen, Tex., and would like to open his own beauty schools. Gibson’s duties as the association’s spokesman could include talking to members of Congress to encourage government support for beauty school students and prettying those members during a beauty day that’s in the works for the fall. What are Gibson’s suggestions for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hair? “I would layer it some,” he said. “I like the length, but I feel it is a little hard.”

MORE PRIVE: Privé Products is introducing the first styling product to its eco-friendly line Concept Vert in July. The $24 product, called Volumizing Froth, contains amazon açaí and babassu oil to protect and rejuvenate hair. In its original product range, Privé Products in June is adding $25 Extended Texture Clay with kelp and shea butter to condition hair while styling. The company also has launched the Vision Salon Program, which offers financial support to stylists looking to open or revamp a salon.

A HUNTER-GATHERER BEAUTY SOCIETY: Chris and Kristian Birchby, the husband-and-wife duo behind sophisticated sun care brand Coola, are planning to unveil a new organic skin care brand called Hunter Gatherer by early next year. The Birchbys described the name as referring to their hunt for the best ingredients and shoppers’ quest to gather the best products. The potential consumer is someone who “is conscious of where their products are coming from and what they are putting on their face, and want a different experience from their products than just slathering something on,” said Chris Birchby. Hunter Gatherer’s distribution is expected to be similar to the distribution of Coola, which is found in around 250 doors, including Apothia at Fred Segal and Kitson, as well as at select Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis locations. Before Hunter Gatherer hits stores, Coola is launching $12 natural hand lotion bars, $22 natural body lotion bars and $12 lip treatment Liplux in two varieties — peppermint and vanilla SPF 15 and original SPF 30 — next month. In May and June, Coola will unveil a mineral line with sport, baby, body and face products priced roughly from $30 to $36.

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