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.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye