Kate Somerville plans to kick off 2013 by entering South Korea and launching a slew of new products.
Somerville is working with Spruce Korea to enter the market in early 2013. According to Somerville chief executive officer Michelle Taylor, the overall Korean department store industry generates sales of well over $2 billion annually, making it a natural expansion target.
“We already have a presence in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia,” said Somerville. “Now, for Korea, we have a partner who not only has incredible experience and knowledge of the industry, but also a complete understanding of what luxury means.”
Cliff Park, chief executive officer of Spruce, and Jennifer Park, president, also oversaw Fresh’s entry into the Korean market 10 years ago, Taylor noted. Fresh is now said to generate $30 million at retail in South Korea annually.
In January, the brand will launch D-Scar Diminishing Serum, $45 for .66 oz. Powered by DS-7, a microencapsulated peptide that’s said to be essential to the skin renewal process, the product is designed to minimize the appearance of acne scars and scars occurring from minor injuries. It will be carried at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, katesomerville.com and at Somerville’s clinic in Los Angeles. Industry sources estimated it would do about $2 million retail in its first year on counter.
Also in January, Somerville will launch RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream, $85 for 1 oz. Its signature ingredient, the RetAsphere Smart-Release Carrier System, is designed to protect pure retinol in a lipid shell that melts evenly into the skin, helping prevent irritation and dryness. The delivery system is also said to penetrate deep into the epidermis, to help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Seaweed Extract, with bio-derived hyaluronic acid, assists in sustained hydration. It will be sold on QVC and in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, luxury spas, doctors’ offices, katesomerville.com and Somerville’s clinic in the U.S., as well as in Singapore, Malaysia and Canada. Industry sources estimated it could do $4 million at retail in its first year on counter.
Somerville’s third January launch, Body Glow, will retail for $45 for 5 oz. Its key ingredient, SolarX Complex, is said to provide broad spectrum protection against the damaging aging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Rosemary Extract offers antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals, while caffeine is said to refine texture, improve tone, contour, and firm the appearance of skin. Light Reflective Pearls provide a soft shimmer said to minimize the appearance of skin imperfections. It will be carried at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, luxury spas, katesomerville.com and Somerville’s clinic and could do $2 million at retail in the U.S. in its first year on counter.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia