AMWAY CASE: A British court is weighing up Amway's trading future in the U.K., seeking to cease the direct seller's operations here, which includes the sale of cosmetics, health supplements and other items through independent agents. The hearing, which kicked off in the Companies Court on Monday, follows a government investigation into its U.K. business. According to the government's case, Amway has suggested that substantial rewards could be earned by becoming a company sales agent, whereas the investigation claims the majority of agents make minimal financial returns. An Amway spokesman said the company has made changes to its business model over the past year to address the issues raised by the government. "In no way do we accept that the arguments the U.K. government put forward should lead to the company being shut down in the U.K.," he said. The hearing is expected to continue for up to four weeks.
MAC MOVES: MAC Cosmetics has promoted Sandra Main to senior vice president and general manager for MAC International. The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand also has promoted Nancy Mahon to senior vice president and executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund. Main was most recently general manager of MAC International, a position she took in 2004. Since that time, MAC's international business has grown by 23 percent and has expanded into 18 new markets including China and India. Main joined MAC in 1995 as brand manager in Hong Kong. Mahon joined the MAC AIDS Fund in June 2005 and, in 2006, she oversaw $16 million in donations to HIV/AIDS charities. Prior to joining MAC, Mahon was executive director of God's Love We Deliver and a senior program director at the Open Society Institute.
TEEN SCENT: Natural teen skin care brand Young & Pure is coming of age. Earlier this month, the two-year-old British treatment line introduced its first fragrance, dubbed Samanda by Young & Pure. The scent is sold in supermarkets, as well as Superdrug and The Perfume Shop doors in the U.K., in addition to the eight-unit treatment brand's retail network of health food stores. The eau de parfum is fronted by 19-year-old twins and U.K. reality television celebrities Sam and Amanda Marchant, who go by the moniker "Samanda." The juice, which was concocted by Tracy Turner of Northampton-based Plantain, comprises notes of lemon, magnolia, watermelon and vanilla. Featuring an image of the identical twins on its packaging, the scent retails at 14.95 pounds, or $30.86 at current exchange, per 50-ml. spray. Young & Pure founder Lianne Miller plans to add an organic line and a collection for males to the brand's lineup next year.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion