DE BAKER MOVE: Robert De Baker has been appointed vice president of sales for North America at Bobbi Brown, a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Cos. He was most recently with Lauder’s Clinique brand, where he worked as vice president of retail...
DE BAKER MOVE: Robert De Baker has been appointed vice president of sales for North America at Bobbi Brown, a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Cos. He was most recently with Lauder’s Clinique brand, where he worked as vice president of retail sales support. In his new position, De Baker will report to Maureen Case, general manager of Bobbi Brown.
ARRIVEDERCI AGNOLI: John Agnoli will depart as chief executive officer of Versace Profumi USA Ltd., the New York-based color cosmetics and fragrance arm of the Milanese fashion house, when his three-year contract expires Dec. 31. The brand’s distribution was expanded during Agnoli’s term and "sales doubled and overall profits increased," the company stated, adding that a successor has yet to be named.
TECHPACK MOVE: Claude Gruet has been appointed vice managing director of packaging firm Techpack, a division of Groupe Pechiney. Gruet, 54, has also been named director of the group’s fragrance and treatment business and director of its industrial wing.
BROTHERLY LOVE: Given the pace of Kiehl’s freestanding store openings since 1851, the company’s ribbon-cutting rate during the last year alone has been a veritable retail explosion. Kiehl’s opened its fifth freestanding location — on Philadelphia’s Walnut Street just off Rittenhouse Square — after also opening stores in Boston and Santa Monica this year. Singer and actress Eve was on hand for a party at the new Philadelphia store to officially mark the opening last Saturday — and to raise $5,000 for a charity called the Mary Jane Home Enrichment Center of North Philadelphia.
WHO’S THE BOSS?: Avon’s Andrea Jung is this year, according to Cosmetic Executive Women. The organization presented Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer with the "Best Boss Award" on Tuesday during its annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction held at the Waldorf Astoria. Avon president Susan Kropf introduced Jung, saying, "She walks the talk to always be better and do better." Kropf also noted that Jung "brought a new level of urgency" to its cancer fund-raising efforts. Last week Avon announced it had thus far raised an astounding $250 million for the cause. Meanwhile, CEW’s Silent Auction, benefiting the group’s Cancer and Careers program, raised $48,000.
SCENT OF THE RINGS: Demeter highlighted a special screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in New York last Thursday by introducing its newest scent, New Zealand, at the event — a night that featured that country’s prime minister, Helen Clark, as the guest of honor. New Zealand served as the filming location for the screen adaptations of J.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" literary trilogy. The fragrance, which blends notes of leaves, barks, grass, snow and stone, launched on Demeter’s Web site a week ago and will enter the brand’s retail distribution on Jan. 1.
GOLDEN ARCHES: Star plucker Anastasia Soare is ready to hit the jackpot in 2003, with an aggressive roll-out of her salons and cosmetic line. The Beverly Hills brow artist is quietly opening her second door this weekend, on fashionable Prospect Street in La Jolla, Calif. At 1,200 square feet and stocked to the gills with her eponymous line, which bowed in 2000, the salon is staffed with four brow and two makeup artists — all personally trained by Soare. She also plans to open a shop in Las Vegas and another in Dallas in the coming months. New York, she teased, isn’t far behind.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews