Beauty Beat: The Buzz on Burt’s Bees: Sale Down to Two Suitors … P&G Promotes Beauty Execs … Clairol Names Sawyer … Godin Goes to Caboodles …
NEW YORK — According to published reports, the sale of Burt’s Bees is drawing nearer, with today serving as a deadline for bids for the cosmetics company. According to TheDeal.com, Burt’s Bees has narrowed its search to two bidders,...
NEW YORK — According to published reports, the sale of Burt’s Bees is drawing nearer, with today serving as a deadline for bids for the cosmetics company. According to TheDeal.com, Burt’s Bees has narrowed its search to two bidders, New York buyout firms Forstmann Little & Co. and Vestar Capital Partners.
Forstmann Little and Vestar Capital could not be reached for comment by press time, although one published report cited Vestar as denying its interest in the company. Roxanne Quimby, president of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based company could not be reached for comment.
As reported in WWD on May 16, Burt’s Bees, a maker of natural cosmetics, lip balms and salves, has in the past several years strategically broadened their product categories to include color and more upscale skin care products, to make them more attractive as a complete beauty brand, said one source. Private financial groups were cited as the company’s most likely bidders.
The company generated as much as $90 million in sales in 2002, and couldfetch as much as $200 million.
Burt’s Bees entered the beauty industry in the Nineties when company founders Quimby and Burt Shavitz discovered their all-natural candle wax business could be used as a base for beauty products. Today, Quimby, along with her two sisters, Renee and Rochelle, run the company, which sells Burt’s Bees in approximately 9,000 retailers nationwide.
P&G Promotes Beauty Execs Procter & Gamble has promoted Marc S. Pritchard, vice president, global cosmetics and personal care, to president, global cosmetics and personal care. Paolo de Cesare, currently vice president, global prestige beauty and skin care, also has been promoted to president, global prestige beauty and skin care. A P&G spokesperson said the title changes were made “in recognition of their contributions to their individual businesses.” In other P&G news, on April 1, Sonsoles Gonzalez became vice president, hair care for North America. Prior to this position, Gonzalez was general manager, beauty care for Latin America. Gonzalez replaces Ravi Chaturvedi, who was named general manager, health and beauty care, for greater China.
Clairol Names Sawyer Charlene Sawyer has been named North American Clairol Retail Color marketing director, effective Sept. 1. Sawyer replaces Paul Scoggins, who left the company for personal reasons. Sawyer’s responsibilities will include the planning, design and delivery of Clairol’s retail hair color business, which is based in Stamford, Conn. She will report to Rob Matteucci, president, Clairol. Prior to her new position, Sawyer worked for Procter & Gamble’s Pantene and Olay beauty brands.Godin Goes to Caboodles Caboodles Cosmetics has named Sarina Godin to the post of director of marketing and product development for the youth-oriented beauty firm. Godin will be in charge of marketing, product development and public relations for Caboodles, including its specialty brands, She She and C Me. She will be based in Vancouver and report to interim chief executive officer of Caboodles, Charles Beech. Beech stepped in after former president Gary Schofield departed in June. Although parent Plano Molding has put the company on the selling block, the appointment of Godin validates efforts to continue to inject newness into the brand. Godin was formerly senior director of product development at The Color Factory, a contract beauty manufacturer. Caboodles was one of the first companies to create cosmetics products specifically for teenage girls. The company hit obstacles in the past year as more and more marketers entered the teen fray at the same time retailers scaled back efforts of marketing cosmetics to young girls.
Revlon’s Ladies in Red Revlon hosted an event Thursday night at Manhattan’s Loft Eleven to introduce its holiday collection, Red Rocks. The theme was “Revlon Rocks the Season” and spokesmodels Jamie King and Eva Mendes were on hand and wearing shades of the collection’s red lipstick.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)