CALVIN LEAVES COLOR: Unilever Cosmetics International has confirmed published reports that it decided to completely phase out the color cosmetics and skin care collection of its Calvin Klein Cosmetics division. The color and treatment line was launched in 2000 with the intention of turning Klein’s huge fragrance franchise into a more broadly based beauty business. But hopes have faded. Maria Chiclana, senior vice president of UCI, said executives at the Unilever beauty subsidiary have concluded that "the color line was not material to the business. It was not sustainable." When pressed, she said color was less than 4 percent of total sales. Industry sources estimate Klein’s total beauty sales at $500 million. That would put the color sales at $15 million. The line is only distributed in about 120 doors worldwide, 40 of them in the U.S. Unilever plans to phase out the line by the end of the year. However, Calvin Klein Inc. isn’t giving up on the color business just yet. "We believe strongly in the color business," said Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein Inc. "We have a great product and a unique positioning. We are already talking with a number of potential partners about continuing and expanding this business."

SPRING FLINGS: The Helena Rubinstein brand, which is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its launch in Saks Fifth Avenue this month, threw a spring beauty and fashion trends party Wednesday night at Cafe SFA, located on the eighth floor of the retailer’s Manhattan flagship. The soiree, dubbed "Spring Sensations" — also the name of Rubinstein’s spring color collection — marked the Saks launch week of Expressionist, an antiwrinkle offering from Rubinstein.

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