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.
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)