Procter & Gamble will resume sales of its SK-II skin care brand in China in December.
In a statement released Tuesday, P&G declared that it will take a "step-by-step approach in reintroducing the brand to regain momentum..." and initially focus on a select number of doors to offer highly personalized counseling and service.
In October, P&G said it would reintroduce the luxury skin care line to China, after the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China deemed the products safe.
The brand first launched in China eight years ago, but P&G halted sales of SK-II on Sept. 22 after AQSIQ, a watchdog group there, announced Sept. 14 that it found chromium and neodymium in nine of the line's products imported from Japan, where they were produced. Both substances are listed as prohibited substances in cosmetics by China. P&G insisted that the presence of the trace amounts of metallic elements presented no health or safety risk and stated that neither substance is used in the manufacture of SK-II products. The Chinese authorities issued a report concluding that the risk level for consumers is relatively low under normal usage. — Molly Prior
Bond No. 9's West Side
Known for its New York-centric scents, niche fragrance house Bond No. 9 is hoping that this fall customers move to the West Side, which is the brand's new unisex fragrance, as well as a storied section of New York. The scent was designed to pay homage to the neighborhood's musical heritage, which includes Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
"It's only natural to come out with a scent combining music and fragrance, since they have so many parallels — from the vibrations to the notes of the fragrances molecules," said Laurice Rahme, owner and founder of Bond No. 9.
Launching in November in the U.S., West Side is a floral-gourmand scent in a red bottle with colorful treble clefs in purple, yellow and turquoise hues.
Created by Michel Almairac of Robertet, the scent features top notes of rose, ylang-ylang and peony; middle notes of sandalwood and amber, and base notes of vanilla and musk. The fragrance will roll out internationally in Bond No. 9's 12 markets in February."I chose the rose since the flower is a symbol of celebration and vanilla because it is a trend in the industry and is very comforting," Rahme said. "This relates to music since music is both something that is comforting and seen as a celebration."
West Side could generate up to $1 million in first-year retail sales in the U.S., according to Rahme.
West Side will retail at $185 for a 3.4-oz. bottle and at $125 for a 1.7-oz. bottle. The scent will also be available for $45 in a 2-oz. spray flacon. Refills are also available at $25 per oz. The fragrance will be sold at Bond No. 9's four New York boutiques, in 27 Saks Fifth Avenue doors and in about a dozen boutiques and spas worldwide including the U.K., Hong Kong and Dubai. The fragrance will also be merchandised on Bond No. 9's new e-commerce Web site bondno9.com, which launched in August.
Bond No. 9 will also make its debut in France in Sephora stores on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, and in Cannes, as well as in Monte Carlo. In addition to entering Istanbul in November, Rahme said there are also plans to open boutiques in Dubai and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Rahme plans to continue exploring New York neighborhoods in her fragrance development. In the spring, the company will unveil a scent inspired by Bryant Park, followed by a Coney Island fragrance for summer. By Christmas 2007, she plans on introducing a Brooklyn perfume, whose packaging will be created by winners of a design contest among Pratt Institute graduate students.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)