MICHAEL, PART DEUX: Michael Kors is adding a new dimension to his fragrance collection. Kors, who launched his first women’s fragrance with the American Designer Fragrances arm of Parfums Givenchy in 2000 and followed with a men’s scent in 2001, is set to add a second fragrance masterbrand in February 2003. Called Kors by Michael Kors, the new line will be named for the designer’s bridge apparel collection.
FACTS AND FIGURES: Inter Parfums SA registered first-half 2002 sales of $43.4 million, down 4 percent over the same period last year. All figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.
By brand, Burberry rang up sales of $24.8 million; S.T. Dupont, $4.6 million; Paul Smith, $3.2 million; Christian Lacroix, $3.5 million, and Céline, $4.5 million. Other prestige Inter Parfums brands generated $1.37 million, while the company’s mass market fragrances rang up $1.2 million in the period. For yearend, Inter Parfums estimates it will register sales of $83.7 million to $88.6 million.
A CHANGE AT ALMAY?: Sources said that Liz Kenny, director of global color design at Clairol, has been tapped by Revlon to head up its Almay brand. A Revlon spokeswoman declined to comment on the rumor.
NO BARGAIN: Three former Rite Aid executives, including former chairman Martin Grass, on Thursday told a federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., they were innocent of federal criminal charges arising from their alleged participation in accounting fraud. A trial date has been set for Sept. 9, but the judge overseeing the case said it would likely be pushed back to allow time for pre-trial motions. A day earlier, former executive Timothy J. Noonan pled guilty to a felony charge of withholding information from Rite Aid’s internal investigators. Noonan, who has been helping prosecutors, faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under a plea agreement signed last November, Noonan agreed to assist prosecutors in building their case against other Rite Aid executives.
SHOVING OFF: Jim Nevins has wrapped up his consulting project at Estée Lauder and is moving on. According to the company, Nevins joined the Lauder division of Estée Lauder on a consultant basis to work with global advertising vice president Aerin Lauder in developing a new packaging and counter presentation. It’s now done, said a Lauder spokeswoman, and he’s leaving.
DORF OPS: Mary Englander has joined Paula Dorf Cosmetics Inc. as vice president of operations, a new position. Englander, a 17-year veteran of the beauty industry, most recently served for 5 years at Vincent Longo.
SHISEIDO COMES TO ITS SENSES: The Shiseido Studio in SoHo will host “The Sounds of Scent” on Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m. The class will benefit students from New York Lighthouse International, an organization that enables people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives.