NEW CEO’S: Infomercial giant Guthy-Renker announced Thursday that Ben Van de Bunt and Kevin Knee have been promoted from co-presidents to co-chief executive officers. They will supervise the day-to-day operations of Guthy-Renker, and Van de Bunt will be charged with overseeing marketing for current and new brands. Knee is responsible for business operations, including IT, finance and international business units. Company namesakes Bill Guthy and Greg Renker, previously co-ceo’s, will assume new roles, which the company did not disclose Thursday. Along with the executive shuffle, Guthy-Renker is forming Guthy-Renker Studios helmed by Lenny Lieberman, a board member and ceo of Lieberman Productions. Guthy-Renker Studios is intended to help guide brands through show production. Guthy-Renker, founded in 1988 and based in Palm Desert, Calif., generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues from such brands as Proactiv, Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford, In An Instant by Heidi Klum and Sheer Cover with Leeza Gibbons.
MORE BODY: Southern California-based bath and body care brand LaLicious is spurring growth by introducing a professional line, increasing retail distribution and moving into new 7,000-square-foot headquarters. “We are still lucky enough to be growing at a 15 to 20 percent clip, and with the new space, we are hoping to up that number to 35 to 40 percent,” said Steve Kernochan, who owns LaLicious with wife, Jessica. He added that a jump into hotel amenities could also help accelerate growth. LaLicious’ professional line has entered about 125 spas and salons, including Trilogy Spa and Gene Juarez Salons and Spas. The retail line is in 500-plus doors and recently launched at the Bay in Canada. A retail bestseller is the $34 Brown Sugar & Vanilla Soufflé body scrub.
WET PAINT: On the eve of the 10th anniversary of her luxury nail care line, Deborah Lippmann is opting for change. She has renamed her company, which turns 10 on Sept. 1, to her full name, Deborah Lippmann (previously it was called Lippmann Collection). In October, all 15 treatment products and 50 nail lacquers — which include Purple Rain, a shade created with Zac Posen, and Sarah Smile, developed with Sarah Jessica Parker — will be housed in new bottles and rolled out to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York and deborahlippmann.com.
BODY JEWELRY: Loree Rodkin’s beauty portfolio is expanding. The jeweler, who launched her signature Gothic I fragrance about four years ago and followed it up with Gothic II, has launched four new scents. Gothic III is a gardenia scent with fresh flower essence; Gothic IV has a geranium base with woody patchouli notes; Gothic V is a Far East temple incense blend; and Gothic VI is a mix of herbs and spa notes. Candles in each of the scents are priced at $56, 0.33-oz. roll-on oils are $120 and 4-oz. room sprays are $54. “Originally, I went into candle and fragrance because I was doing a vanity project for myself. I always wanted to make something to burn in my own house,” said Rodkin. “It became my signature scent, and everybody was buying it. Stores were asking me if I could expand and do more.” The new scents, which Rodkin celebrated with a recent party at Los Angeles lingerie store Coco de Mer, are slated for stores in September. In the first year after the launch, industry sources estimated Rodkin’s beauty and home collection could generate $1.5 million in retail sales. Rodkin said an additional six fragrances are planned for next year.
CALIFORNIA HAIR ROUNDUP: Chris McMillan and Michael Canale, who together are responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s haircut and color, are partnering on a new salon set to open at the end of next month at the Malibu Country Mart. The McMillan Canale Salon will be located in the longtime Bernie & Hillary Safire salon space at the shopping center. Jane Hallworth is handling the design of the new salon, which will feature white lacquer floors and gray leather wall paper. Also on McMillan’s plate is Chris McMillan Hair, his hair care line developed with Guthy-Renker. McMillan said infomercials for the line featuring Aniston, Debra Messing, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Courteney Cox and more should be hitting the airwaves in full force this fall….Colorist Kim Vo’s fourth salon is slated to open in a month in San Francisco on Tillman Place. The third-floor, 1,850-square-foot salon will contain 13 stations. Peter Van de Velde, who has been working at Kim Vo’s Beverly Hills salon, is heading north to become salon director….Matt Berman, formerly senior vice president of global fragrance marketing at Coty Inc. and brand manager at Procter & Gamble, will open Bolt Barbers in downtown Los Angeles in November. The 1,100-square-foot, 11-station barbershop will be filled with vintage pieces such as Fifties-era Koken President barber chairs, a shuffleboard table from 1925 and a 1956 jukebox. “Bolt Barbers is a place where guys can go, connect, be themselves, hang and chill,” said Berman. Along with the barbershop, Berman is launching a product line in December starting with shaving cream and shaving oil, both priced at $9.99. A handcrafted Bolt Barbers brush made in collaboration with furniture maker Frank Pollaro will be priced at $595. Shampoos and styling products are on the to-do list for next year, as is a second Bolt Barbers location in Los Angeles….John Paul Mitchell Systems vice president of marketing and brand manager Nina Kovner has left the salon hair care brand and will start Oct. 1 at Southern California-based salon chain Robert Cromeans.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)