Markwins International Corp. acquires Soho Cosmetics, a Canadian-based maker of color cosmetics and cosmetics bags, for an undisclosed amount of cash and interest. The deal looks to immediately expand Markwins’ distribution in Canada as...
Markwins International Corp. acquires Soho Cosmetics, a Canadian-based maker of color cosmetics and cosmetics bags, for an undisclosed amount of cash and interest. The deal looks to immediately expand Markwins’ distribution in Canada as well as introduce a new midpriced cosmetics brand to the U.S. market, which the company expects to relaunch in the next six months.
Pacific World Corp. is expected to acquire Fing’rs, giving it another brand in the artificial-nail category, in addition to Nailene and Revlon Artificial.
J.C. Penney has hired a new bath and body buyer, Marty Richner, after the post remained open for five months. Richner has served as the fragrance buyer for Federated Department Stores in Atlanta; the vice president, general merchandise manager for cosmetics at Mercantile Stores, and the senior vice president, marketing and merchandising at Ulta. The move signals that the retailer is indeed serious about reentering the beauty category.
Julie Adams is named to Duane Reade’s beauty department. Her role at the regional retailer is still being ironed out, but two positions remain open within the division, hosiery buyer and skin care buyer.
Specialty bath is losing space to skin care items, and in turn, new bath items are infusing skin care benefits in their formulas. Manufacturing in China — and shipping directly — gives companies a distinct advantage in doing business with Wal-Mart. The China trend is “squeezing out” small U.S. bath suppliers who can’t offer the behemoth its required margins and low price points.
Competition in the value sector of cosmetics has reached an all time high with the addition of Ten Beauty by Smart Brands and Jane Cosmetics.
Hot show items according to buyers: P&G’s new Cover Girl line targeting older women and utilizing the Olay brand on packages; a woman’s version of Spirit Antonio Banderas; Sarah Michaels’ new skin care-focused bath line; Del Labs’ Opal nail line; Spongeables’ soap-infused body sponges; Illusions’ rotating jewelry display, and Solar Cosmetics’ Green Leaf Spa line.
Woodbridge Labs’ DermaFreeze 365 will bring a $40 price point to drugstores’ skin care shelves this spring, breaking the $35 ceiling currently held by Avène and Vichy in Brooks Pharmacy.
Hot 2005 trends: anticellulite products; 3-in-1 products, and nail implements.
ECRM news: Buyers complained that the four-day, 10-hour-per-day beauty show was extremely taxing with too many suppliers to see in such a short period of time; the Expo Hall, which was specially created to accommodate an overflow of vendors, was a bomb with few retailers taking the time to meet them, and ECRM is hosting its first Hispanic show this October in Miami, to include the beauty, food and general merchandise categories.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty