Coconut oil-based beauty brand Kopari is launching at sephora.com in October.The brand’s seven-product lineup includes Organic Coconut Melt, $36, Coconut Sheer Oil, $44, Coconut Body Glow, $42, Coconut Balm, $32, Coconut Crush Scrub, $28, Coconut Body Milk $30, and Coconut Body Oil, $34. All products will launch on sephora.com, according to the company. Kopari is expected to move into Sephora retail doors in spring 2017.Kopari, headquartered in San Diego, was founded by husband-and-wife team Bryce and Gigi Goldman, in connection with Kiana Cabell and James Brennan in 2015. Sephora will be the brand's first retailer, potentially doubling sales, industry sources said. Chief executive officer Bryce Goldman declined to provide sales figures.“We’re a digitally native e-commerce beauty company and we’ve experienced incredible success in that channel,” Goldman said, adding that the retail expansion will give customers who want to touch and experience the product ahead of time the option to do so. “As we discussed a solution to address this, Sephora was definitely our dream scenario.”“At Sephora, we strive to find new and innovative beauty brands that offer high-performing, unique products with an authentic story that our clients will love to discover,” said Priya Venkatesh, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for Sephora in a statement. “Kopari checks all those boxes.”While coconut oil may be a trendy ingredient, Kopari’s coconut oil is different, according to Goldman. The business sources its organic coconut oil for its products from the Philippines — a decision it settled on after sampling different coconut oils from around the world, according to Goldman.“Obviously there’s a lot of coconut oil out there, but there is definitely a difference when it comes to performance when it comes to a beauty product,” Goldman said. “We spent months trying different coconut oils.”“This is not your kitchen coconut oil, Goldman added. “We tested dozens of coconut oils from all over the world and found what we believe to be the most premium there is specifically for application on the skin and hair. Our organic oil is sustainably sourced from small family farms in the Philippines.”Aside from e-commerce, and soon Sephora, Kopari recently launched on QVC. The company is also working on expanding its product lineup, Goldman said. “We have a handful of other ranges in our pipeline that we’ll look to launch next year. The business also plans to open international e-commerce in early 2017, he said.As the business expands, Kopari, which is currently funded by its founders and angel investors, will likely seek a partner to continue scaling. “That will probably be a channel that we tap to scale us to where we need to be,” Goldman said. Kopari is entertaining discussions with private-equity groups about potentially raising capital, he said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)