PARIS — Changes are afoot at Clarins Fragrance Group.
Joël Palix, president of the Groupe Clarins fragrance division — with brands such as Thierry Mugler, Azzaro and Swarovski — will be leaving, the company said Monday.
He is to progressively hand his responsibilities over to Sandrine Groslier, currently managing director of Clarins Fragrance Group France.
According to an industry source, Virginie Courtin-Clarins, the granddaughter of Clarins founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins, will be joining Groslier to help with the Thierry Mugler fashion business, which Palix has overseen as the label’s director-general. (Virginie Courtin-Clarins formerly spent time working in Printemps department store’s fashion department.)
Meanwhile, the Thierry Mugler studio continues developing the brand’s fashion, which did not show during the men’s wear collections in June.
According to industry source estimates, Mugler overall generates $800 million in retail sales annually, with 90 percent to 95 percent stemming from fragrance and the rest split between ready-to-wear and accessories.
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