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SASSY DON’T: Claire’s Stores is looking to divest — or possibly discontinue — operations of its Pembroke Pines, Fla.-based Sassy Doo arm, a unit that services drugstores with teen cosmetics and hair accessories. A Claire’s official said the decision to shutter or sell the unit was made two weeks ago.
This story first appeared in the January 24, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Sassy Doo pumps out trendy teen accessories to stores such as Rite Aid and Eckerd Corp., based on Claire’s best-selling stock. Claire’s, which is one of the industry’s leading specialty retailers, operates some 2,800 stores across the country. Aside from its promotional teen items, Sassy Doo is probably best known for Bye Bye Blemish, an acne regimen for teens.
Dino Valentino, Sassy Doo’s former president, is now president of Worldwide Cosmetics retail division, based in Hollywood.
NEW GUY ON THE BLOCK: David Cooper joined Charles Worthington USA as vice president of sales, a new position. It seems Charles Worthington is looking to beef up the presence of his hair care line here. Results, Big Hair and Takeaways brands now have a limited distribution in U.S. drugstores, and the upscale Dream Hair brand sells in Bloomingdale’s. Cooper joins Worthington from John Frieda Professional Hair Care, where he served as vice president of strategic planning. Prior to Frieda, Cooper worked as senior vice president, customer sales, at data provider Information Resources Inc. Cooper also worked for Unilever for 11 years. Worthington hair care products are sold in 10 countries around the world.
NAUGHTY BEAUTY: Beauty junkies who want their products to make them feel — and look — good have a new place to shop. Drugstore.com is launching sexualwellbeing.com, an online store that will focus on educating consumers about all things related to love, intimacy and sex. The site will also sell beauty products for those in touch with themselves — literally. Beauty products on the site include a selection from the Kama Sutra brand, such as Pleasure Balm, an edible liquid designed to gently numb the place on which it’s applied. Pleasure Balm retails for $12 for 1.5 ounces. There’s also a Kama Sutra gift set of five body oils for $29 and a Kama Sutra Massage Cream Trio for $24. The Shunga brand provides a tingling bath gel, which can double as a bubble bath, shampoo and shaving cream, and retails for $12. Not Soap, Radio gets things in a lather with a bubble bath designed to activate pheromones, which sells for $14.99, while Primal Elements gets to the point with a message-bearing bar of soap that reads SEX. Notes of amber, musk, and exotic florals help get the message delivered. Each bar retails for $7.49. The site launches Sunday, Jan. 26.