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.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty