IN THE MONEY: Marionnaud Parfumeries announced 2002 sales of $1.2 billion, up 31.35 percent over 2001. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. The sales figure includes volume from all stores acquired through 2002....
IN THE MONEY: Marionnaud Parfumeries announced 2002 sales of $1.2 billion, up 31.35 percent over 2001. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. The sales figure includes volume from all stores acquired through 2002. On a constant basis, Marionnaud’s sales would have risen by 9.93 percent. And excluding value-added tax, sales would have been $1.03 billion. In the fourth quarter of 2002, the 1,172 door Paris-based chain generated volume of $445 million, up 28.35 percent. On a constant basis, sales in the period rose 10.1 percent. The company said in a statement that it plans to continue growing through acquisition in 2003, particularly in southern Europe.
INTER PARFUMS NUMBERS: Inter Parfums SA reported 2002 sales of $98.7 million, up 5.5 percent over 2001. At constant conditions, volume would have increased by 6.6 percent. In the fourth quarter of 2002, the group’s sales grew by 17 percent to reach $25.9 million. Inter Parfums’ prestige fragrances division, which includes such names as Paul Smith and Burberry, rang up sales of $96.2 million, up 8 percent. Launches this year are to include products from Céline, Christian Lacroix and Burberry.
LUSH RUSH: A month after opening its first U.S. store in San Francisco last month, Lush, the U.K.-based cosmetics company, is seeking further expansion. Lush, which produces fresh, handmade cosmetics in kitchen-like workshops, is scouting locations in Manhattan, Boston and Los Angeles, where it plans to open by the end of 2003. The company has more than 150 locations in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Its San Francisco store is located at 240 Powell St., off Union Square. The company, which carries bath and skin care products, also plans to launch sun and hair care lines this year.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast