Inspired by her grandmother and mother who concocted their own natural personal-care products, Nancy Twine started duplicating the recipes in her electric mixing bowl in her kitchen.
Following encouragement from friends who used her home-made formulas, Twine left a high-paying job at Goldman Sachs in 2012 to launch Briogeo, a range of natural hair-care products focused on addressing specific texture needs. Twine said she spent hours at laboratories perfecting the formulas and ensuring proper shelf life, which can be tricky when dealing with natural products.
“There really weren’t many natural choices for different texture hair,” said Twine. She put her products through rigorous focus groups and testing before launching the final products that she hopes will fill a gap in the market. “I was shocked at how many consumers were not satisfied with what is available.”
In particular, she zeroed in on the needs of women with curly or frizzy hair — including African-American women like herself who are always looking for products best suited to their hair.
The lineup features plant and fruit extracts, vitamins and even a volumizing conditioner with maltodextrin, a sugarlike, starch-derived food additive. A product called Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask is said to result in 81 percent less hair breakage after three uses than with traditional conditioning. There’s also a cleansing shampoo and a curl defining conditioner. Twine has plans for line extensions under the Briogeo banner, including a volumizing spray. Prices range from $19 for the 8.5-oz. shampoo to $26 for the 5.25-oz. mask.
Packaging was important to Twine, especially because existing natural choices didn’t have the sophisticated look she desired. The sustainable packaging design features white bottles with dashes of bright colors coordinated to each stockkeeping unit.
Briogeo is currently carried at Fred Segal Beauty and The Cosmetic Market as well as online at Hairenvy.com, urbanoutfitters.com, CurlMart.com, OpenSky.com and AskDerm.com.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
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With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)