Earlier this year, two groups of fashion executives were gleeful after their companies were flipped by private equity owners—and not just because of the personal financial windfall. In both cases, those companies—Jimmy Choo and Kurt Geiger—were sold to trade buyers, Labelux Group and The Jones Group Inc., respectively. By severing their ties with private equity, their companies were now in the hands of investors who speak their language.
“I feel like Jimmy Choo has found the right home now,” Tamara Mellon, founder and chief creative officer of the famous shoe house, said at the time. Choo had been in various private equity hands for a decade. TowerBrook Capital LLP was its most recent investor. “Labelux has a completely different vision from private equity—brand building versus financial engineering,” added Mellon, whose company swelled from 20 million pounds ($28.8 million at average exchange) to 549 million pounds ($900 million at current exchange) in those 10 years, and whose personal net worth is estimated at 150 million pounds ($246 million), according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.