PARLUX NUMBERS: Fragrance marketer Parlux Fragrances Inc.’s third-quarter losses widened 19.6 percent even as net sales saw a 6.3 percent uptick, the firm reported late Wednesday. During the quarter ended Dec. 31, Parlux posted a net loss of $5.4 million, compared to a loss of $4.5 million in the year-ago period. Quarterly sales came in at $50.3 million, including $3.5 million in sales of Guess inventories to its new licensee, Coty Inc., compared with $47.3 million a year ago. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company’s net loss was $4.9 million, compared with a loss of $5.8 million. Year-to-date sales were up 6 percent to $130.4 million. Results were attributed to weaker consumer spending in U.S. department stores, an area in which Parlux invested heavily during 2009.
CALLING ALL SPEAKERS: HBA Global Expo said it is seeking speaker proposals for its various educational programs scheduled to take place Sept. 28 to 30 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Typically, speakers are in the health and beauty business and include marketers, product developers, consultants and manufacturers. Past speakers have included Jani Friedman of Demeter Group, Dr. Liliana George of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Ido Leffler of Yes To Inc. Would-be orators should submit a 150-word description of a proposed topic along with a brief bio, including previous speaking experience, and full contact information to Rebecca Fraimow, education program director, at email@example.com.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)