The British hair tools and implements brand has plans to relaunch and expand its presence in the U.S., with the goal of increasing distribution to salons, premium retailers and specialty stores through 2013. Industry sources believe the company could generate $25 million from January 2013 to January 2014 in the U.S.
“[GHD] remains something of a cult brand in the U.S. as we have focused our attention on other regions and on new product development,” said Paul Stoneham, chief executive officer of GHD worldwide. “The U.S. is our smallest market globally.”
To that end, the company has named its first U.S. president, Dara Pauker, and has unveiled a new advertising campaign featuring company spokesperson Katy Perry this month. In addition, in early 2013, GHD will add a quick-drying, low-heat blow dryer called the GHD Air to its lineup.
“Katy truly represents GHD’s spirit of female transformation and empowerment, and we continue to showcase her in a variety of scenarios,” said Stoneham about Perry, who was introduced to the brand by her hair stylist, Danilo, and has served as its face for two years. “This year, we set out to create a photo series of authentic, powerful beauty. Ellen von Unwerth [who shot the campaign] was able to capture the essence of our brand promise, ‘good hair day, every day,’ in a way that exudes confidence and aspiration exceptionally well.”
GHD’s newest print advertising campaign kicks off in Europe this month and will roll out globally through 2013, with new images launching every few months. Additionally, GHD plans to amp up its American presence by participating in the Ford Beauty Suite during New York Fashion Week, with the promise of increased involvement in upcoming seasons. Pauker, who serves as president and general manager of GHD North America, added that the company has recently launched a new digital engagement platform on its Web site, on which stylists can post videos and photos of their work for consumers.
“The community is growing, we now have over one million fans on Facebook and are able to connect content with stylists and their clients,” said Pauker.
Founded in 2001, GHD is the largest hair care brand in the U.K., according to Stoneham. “Now is the right time for us to focus on growth within the U.S.,” said Pauker. “Studies reveal that more and more American women are using stylers (versus a decline in all other heat tools).”
According to Stoneham, GHD’s top-selling product is the Gold Styler, which comes in half-inch, 1-inch and 2-inch sizes and can be used to straighten hair or infuse waves.
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
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@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)