LONDON — It has been reported that Boots health and beauty group is considering a bid for SSL International.
If successful, it is expected Boots would slot the consumer company — which owns Scholl footcare, Durex and Marigold rubber gloves — into its Boots Healthcare International division, one of Boots’ most successful ventures.
SSL International is likely to be valued at around $955 million (600 million pounds) and acquiring the firm would almost double BHI’s sales.
A spokeswoman for Boots declined to comment on whether the firm was working on a bid, but last year the chemist chain said it was on the lookout for new brands for its Boots Healthcare International business. Dollar figure has been converted at current exchange rates.
NEW YORK — DavexLabs, the licensee of Murad Hair Care Products, has acquired L’anza International, an 18-year-old professional hair care brand, founded by chemist and salon industry veteran Robert DeLanza. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. DavexLabs plans to aggressively market L’anza and expand its salon base domestically and internationally. L’anza markets upscale-priced hair products that are distributed in more than 30 countries. L’anza hair care lines include Dry Hair Formula, Urban Elements, Strait Line Formula and Be Long-Long Hair Formula. The foundation of L’anza products is its keratin bond system, one that is designed to naturally reconstruct and maintain hair with herbs and keratin amino acids.
TOKYO — Shiseido Co. said Tuesday it will begin selling its shampoos and other toiletry products in China this month through FT Shiseido Co., a wholly owned subsidiary.
The company is already active in the cosmetics business in China, but this will be the first time Shiseido enters the Chinese toiletries market.
The Japanese cosmetics maker said FT Shiseido will initially export 18 of its toiletry items, including the Aquair-brand shampoo, from Japan and sell them at local Chinese retailers.
The products will be sold at 400 outlets in the first year and 5,000 outlets in fiscal 2005, with estimated sales of $8 million (1 billion yen) at the wholesale level, it said. Dollar figure has been converted at current exchange rates.LANCASTER REGROUPS
NEW YORK — This week, the Lancaster Group reported its Lancaster Worldwide Travel Retail & Export LLC division will establish its headquarters in Miami. This firm was formed following the recent merger of the export and travel retail divisions of the Lancaster Group. The business will, however, continue to maintain a presence in all existing locations — Paris, Mainz, London, Copenhagen, Sydney and Hong Kong.
“The combination of the businesses allows us to better coordinate our marketing efforts in many locations and at the same time ensures the highest standards of service to our customers,” said Joe Porcelli, vice president and general manager, Lancaster Group Worldwide Travel Retail & Export LLC, in a statement. “By increasing our presence in the Americas, it will help us to further develop this rapidly growing and exciting market.”
“The Americas represents a key target growth area — the success of the recent JLo launch has highlighted its enormous potential,” said Michele Scannavini, president of the Lancaster Group. “With the recent acquisition of two licenses — Kenneth Cole and Marc Jacobs — and the relocation of our travel retail and export headquarters, we are well positioned to realize this potential.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia