Accusations that Ulta Beauty had a de facto policy for reselling returned and used cosmetics as if they were new are moving from individual store managers to the executive level.Kimberly Laura Smith-Brown, an Ulta shopper who launched in early February a proposed class-action against the beauty retailer after employee-supported rumors of its alleged reselling practice had spread online, is accusing Ulta’s regional vice president Chrissie Mollicone of being “involved in enforcing these unsanitary practices.” Smith-Brown also accused Sara Ramsey, a district manager for Ulta, of the same thing in urging an Illinois federal court late Friday to put the lawsuit on an expedited discovery schedule that will force the company to provide more information more quickly. While Smith-Brown is looking for class-wide damages in the form of refunds for any Ulta customer’s purchases, she’s also looking for information to support a possible motion to put “an immediate stop” to the alleged reselling practices, should there be reason to believe the practice is ongoing.“Given the mounting evidence regarding Ulta’s improper practices; the fact that plaintiff’s investigation to date has revealed the identities and involvement of several Ulta management members [among others]; and the fact that these executives are still employed by Ulta, the plaintiff respectfully submits that if Ulta has failed to halt its practice of requiring employees to reshelve used beauty products as new and/or putting used products out as testers in the stores, there is a serious health risk to the public,” Smith-Brown wrote in her motion.She also suggested that it may be “appropriate” to force Ulta to post a notice in all of its stores directing customers to bring any product for sale that appears used to the attention of a manager so it can be disposed of.Considering the unsanitary aspect of her allegations, and the fact that Ulta has publicly assured shoppers that it does not resell used cosmetics, Smith-Brown argued that an expedited discovery schedule is warranted. Without it, Ulta would have until at least the end of May to hand over any requested information.An Ulta spokeswoman said the company intends to oppose the motion for expedited discovery and that it's now pushing for a dismissal of the complaint outright.
"Our policy does not allow for the reselling of used, damaged or expired products," the spokeswoman added. "As the nation’s largest beauty retailer, we take protecting the integrity of the products we sell very seriously. The health and safety of Ulta Beauty guests is a top priority and we remain confident that in each and every Ulta Beauty store they will have an exceptional experience including the highest quality products. That is our promise and commitment to all of our guests."
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The 2018 @cfda Awards nominees are out! @virgilabloh for @off____white for is nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Tap link in bio for all the nominees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion ( 📷: @simonelezzi)
@chanelofficial is suing high-end vintage retailer @whatgoesaroundnyc for trademark infringement, a move that could cost the retailer millions. The French fashion house claims that it’s not only unintentionally sold counterfeit goods on occasion, but that it’s “gone out of its way to create an association with Chanel,” which does not exist. Read Chanel’s statement on WWD.com #wwdnews (@aitorrosasphoto)
Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye