ORIGINS MOVE: Origins has named Maleka Dattu senior vice president and general manager of Origins North America, a newly created position. Dattu, who was most recently brand general manager for Origins in the U.K., has spent the last 20 years with the U.K. affiliate of Origins' parent, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. In her new role, Dattu is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, education and sales in Origins retail and department stores in North America. She reports to Daria Myers, global president for Origins. Meanwhile, Linda Loudermilk and Origins are venturing into greener pastures together. The beauty brand kicked off a partnership Wednesday with Loudermilk that could lead to a series of cross-promotional activities. Origins handled the makeup and hair looks for the eco-friendly designer's runway show at BP's experimental Helios House gas station in Los Angeles. "Origins has done more research than anybody else in the beauty industry. That's what I like to support," said Loudermilk following the show. "Origins is about purity, and that is what I am all about." In a statement, Daria Myers, global president of Origins, said, "Loudermilk's respect of nature and commitment to the environment mirrors Origins core values and complements the spirit of our brand." Origins products, including those from its new Origins Organics collection, will be available in Loudermilk's upcoming two-story Los Angeles store, which is scheduled to open in January. "We look forward to exploring various on-going opportunities, such as having Linda Loudermilk design our guide uniforms and hosting trunk shows in Origins retail stores," said Jenny Belknap, Origins' vice president of global marketing, in a statement. "There are such great synergies between our brands that lend themselves to a multitude of possibilities."

AVON CELEBRATES CANCER SURVIVORS: Avon chief executive officer and chairman Andrea Jung joined with research scientists and global cancer league managers on Oct. 4 to celebrate survivors of breast cancer worldwide and announce a new initiative in the fight for a cure at the brand's Global Breast Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. Fifty cancer survivors at Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room listened as Jung announced which universities and research foundations will receive about $7 million from the Avon Foundation's Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative. The day was also a celebration of the brand's third annual Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer, a series of global fund-raising walks that to date have raised more than $122 million dollars worldwide.FABERGE APPOINTMENT: Mark Dunhill has been named chief executive officer of Fabergé Ltd., which is controlled by an investor group advised by London-based Pallinghurst Resources LLP. Dunhill, who was previously president of Alfred Dunhill Ltd., will take on the role Nov. 1. Fabergé Ltd. acquired trademarks and licenses associated with the Fabergé name in January from Unilever plc, which had owned the brand since 1989. Descendents of the brand's founders, including Tatiana and Sarah Fabergé, have initiated the Fabergé Heritage Council and Géza von Habsburg, a Fabergé expert, has been appointed curatorial director and is planning a series of exhibitions for 2009. "Our task now is to honor Fabergé's original standards of exclusivity, design and craftsmanship," said Dunhill in a statement.

ENTERING THE CIRCLE: John G. Ledes, editor and publisher of Cosmetic World and Beauty Fashion, was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation's Circle of Champions at a dinner Tuesday evening at the St. Regis Hotel with a warm welcome from none other than Leonard Lauder, chairman of the Estée Lauder Cos. Referring to Ledes' efforts in boosting the industry, such as his work in coining the names for the Dream and Beauty Balls and even coming up with the moniker for the FiFi awards, Lauder introduced the honoree with the assertion that "all of us are in his debt because he made the business what it is today." In his acceptance speech, Ledes paid tribute to the fragrance industry as one that the sometimes warring nations of Europe and the U.S. had in common and that helped to form ties. In perhaps an acknowledgement of the industry's difficult state right now, he implored, "We've got to keep it going and keep it aspirational." He emphasized, "Fragrance must always be aspirational. The hell with the buck."

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