Top Notes: Arcade Ownership to Shift … Ruling on a Scent … Chain Gang …
ARCADE OWNERSHIP TO SHIFT: DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the parent company of cosmetics sampling supplier Arcade Marketing Inc., has taken on a new partner in a deal that will involve corporate restructuring but have little impact on Arcade...
ARCADE OWNERSHIP TO SHIFT: DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the parent company of cosmetics sampling supplier Arcade Marketing Inc., has taken on a new partner in a deal that will involve corporate restructuring but have little impact on Arcade operations. William J. Fox will remain as chairman and chief executive officer of the marketing and sampling systems provider, which is perhaps best known for its ScentStrip technology. Since 1997, the DLJ banking operation, a unit of Credit Suisse First Boston, has owned Arcade. In a venture between DLJ and another private equity firm, called Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., that was announced Wednesday, each firm plans to take a 45 percent stake in a new company that will be named upon the transaction’s completion this fall. Along with Arcade, the yet-to-be-named firm will include Von Hoffman, a textbook publisher, and printing company Jostens, which are both owned by DLJ. The remaining 10 percent of the new firm’s shares will be held by its management, as well as by a group of existing minority investors in Jostens.
RULING ON A SCENT: In a landmark decision, a Dutch court has ruled that copyright protection can be applied to fragrance composition.
An appeal court in The Netherlands decreed that Kecofa, a Dutch manufacturer of fragrances, may no longer market its Female Treasure scent, since its olfactory makeup too-closely resembles that of Lancôme’s Trésor.
Female Treasure was found to have 24 out of 26 of the same ingredients as the L’Oréal-owned brand’s classic scent.
“The Trésor perfume was considered by the court as having an original character bearing the personal imprint of its creator, thus entitling it to copyright protection in The Netherlands,” said Nauta Dutilh, the law firm that represented Lancôme, in a statement.
The firm noted that copyright protection for a fragrance is relevant only to the scent-generating substance that is bottled and sold on the market. “The court stressed that the smell of a perfume is too transient and too variable to be copyrighted,” the statement said.
Jose Monteiro, head of L’Oréal’s trademarks department, said a similar case also recently had been won by his firm in France against another company.“[The decision] makes it easier for us to fight counterfeiting,” he said.
Kecofa plans to appeal the Dutch court’s decision, according to press reports.
CHAIN GANG: Another chain has been snapped up by Pine Bluff, Ark.-based USA Drug, and with it comes the departure of a highly visible beauty merchant, Diana Wolff of Med-X. Wolff, who confirmed the purchase, has been a factor in making Med-X a power in beauty in its 22 stores in the Tulsa, Okla., area. The buy came just a month after USA Drug also purchased another Tulsa operation, May’s Drug. USA Drug now has more than 170 units under various banners, including USA Drug, Super D and Ike’s.
PUIG APPOINTMENT: Carolyn Zonino has been appointed vice president of marketing for Puig Prestige Beauty North America. Zonino’s responsibilities include all aspects of marketing for the brand’s fragrance portfolio. She reports to Martha Brady, general manager of North America and president of Puig USA. Zonino, who has worked for Lancaster Group, was most recently a marketing consultant for clients such as Lancôme and Creed.
SYMRISE MOVE: Nancy Rogozinski has been named senior marketing director for consumer products within flavors and fragrances supplier Symrise’s fragrance division. Most recently, Rogozinski headed her own marketing consultancy. She has previously worked for both L’Oréal and Bath & Body Works.
HOUX TO FLEXPAQ: Marc-André Houx has been named general manager and chief operating officer of Flexpaq Corp., the sample-container-producing unit of Paris-based Ileos Group. In his new role at South Plainfield, N.J.-based Flexpaq, Houx is responsible for the management of Flexpaq in North America. Houx most recently worked for 12 years at Techpack, where he had been senior vice president of sales since 2000.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)