They are direct rivals, but Target and Wal-Mart on Sept. 4 are co-hosting the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit in Chicago.Organized by Forum for the Future, the one-day meeting of some of the best minds in sustainability is designed to establish a road map for the beauty and personal-care category. “Personal care is particularly relevant [to sustainability] because people put these products on their skin,” explained Rob Kaplan, director of product sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores. “Consumers shouldn’t have to choose between affordability and sustainability.” Kate Heiny, senior group manager of sustainability for Target Corp., emphasized how providing greener options is growing in importance across all levels, from product production to the retail shelf. “Our desire to co-host this summit comes from the want and expected leadership from our guests,” said Heiny. “Ninety-seven percent of our guests buys some natural or organic product, and that is growing.”Attendees handpicked by Forum for the Future represent a cross section of the industry, from retailers — CVS, Walgreens and Ulta — to manufacturers, including Unilever, Givaudan, L’Oréal and Estée Lauder. Members of academia, packaging companies, consumer groups, chemical producers, waste management firms and nongovernmental organizations are among the companies rounding out the list of 80 expected attendees.Among the topics to be discussed are ingredients, packaging and consumer behavior, and how to communicate advancements to shoppers. “This is really about working together to go beyond our four walls and start the conversation. Transformation is a journey — it won’t change tomorrow, but we are working toward a goal,” concluded Kaplan, whose company embarked on its own sustainability program more than 10 years ago.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim