Unilever is bulking up in hair with the acquisition of Sundial Brands.Sundial owns hair-care and skin-care brands SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage, Madam C.J. Walker and Nyakio, and will operate as a stand-alone unit within Unilever. The company's brands are known for being inclusive and ingredient-focused. SheaMoisture, for example, which has been selling well in a mass-market landscape that is generally slow (in the U.S.), makes hair, bath, skin care and cosmetics products that are paraben, phthalate, petroleum, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, formaldehyde and propylene-free, as well a cruelty free.Sundial's founder, Richelieu Dennis, will continue to head the business as chief executive officer and executive chairman. The business is expected to do $240 million in sales for 2017. As part of the deal, Unilever and Sundial are putting $50 million into the New Voices Fund, which is aimed at supporting women of color entrepreneurs. The companies intend to accept other investments and scale the fund to $100 million.“I’ve always wanted Sundial Brands to be an inspiration to other minority-owned companies of how a business against all odds can achieve excellence, have significant social impact in our communities and be successful on a world stage,” said Dennis. “I am excited Sundial and Unilever have created this partnership, rooted in a purpose-driven ethos, that represents an incredible opportunity to take our community commerce economic empowerment and impact model to another level.”“The Sundial team has built differentiated and on-trend premium brands serving multicultural and millennial consumers that enhance our existing portfolio,” said Kees Kruythoff, president, Unilever North America. “Sundial is an important addition to our U.S. portfolio of purpose-driven companies, which includes Ben & Jerry’s and Seventh Generation.”“We are excited to partner with Richelieu and his team to enable Sundial to bring its unique product offerings and community impact to more people around the world,” said Alan Jope, president, Unilever Personal Care. “We look forward to continuing to grow the business and make an even bigger impact on society through Sundial’s community programs.”Separately from the Sundial deal, Unilever has appointed Esi Eggleston Bracey, formerly of P&G, as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Unilever North America Personal Care effective Jan. 1. Bracey will work with Dennis to grow Sundial.“I’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Esi and look forward to working with her to continue to change the game in beauty, personal care and community building,” Dennis said.For Unilever, the deal comes as the company has been building out its beauty business. Unilever's recent acquisitions include Hourglass Cosmetics, Carver Korea and hair-care brand Living Proof. The business is also said to be incubating brands, and launched one — ApotheCare — at CVS in November. Industry sources have said Unilever will continue to focus on beauty to try to avoid takeover offers like the one it got from food giant Kraft Heinz earlier in 2017.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)