ARDEN ANNOUNCEMENT: Ronald Rolleston has been appointed to the post of executive vice president of marketing and prestige sales. Rolleston was senior vice president of marketing for the company. In his new position, he will oversee all of the company’s prestige department store sales activities and continue to be responsible for overseeing marketing activities on a worldwide basis.
SECOND SHOE: Cradle Holdings, a start-up that acquired Erno Lazlo, has now purchased Penhaligon from Warnaco, according to Jane Terker, president and chief operating officer. She declined to talk numbers, but sources estimate that the high-end English toiletries firm does about $25 million worldwide at retail, with about $2 million in the U.S., where the 130-year-old brand has only three points of sale. The purchase price was estimated by sources at $10 million to $15 million.
OLYMPIC SPIRIT: U.S. female athletes heading to Salt Lake City will find a gift: a Prescriptives red and white cosmetics bag specifically for the Olympians. Inside the bag is a pocket that features the American flag, along with a slew of Prescriptives products perfect for high-altitude challenges, like Super Flight Cream, Lip Specialist Triple Action Therapy and Px SPF 30 Stick for lips and eyes. A touch of gold also has been added to the bag in the form of loose gold glitter. The bags also will be sent to the coaches and the U.S. correspondents heading to Salt Lake City to cover the Games.
NEWLY MINTED: Archipelago Botanicals is thinking mint for spring. The aromatherapy-based company is set to launch Morning Mint, a collection of bath and body products with a high dose of mint extracts and essential oils. The collection consists of a bath soak, soap, hand cream, lotion, body wash, facial cleanser, a candle, shampoo and conditioner. And since minty-fresh breath is always a plus, Morning Mint also includes a toothpaste and mouthwash. The products, which range in price from $7 to $20, can be found in select boutiques and spas nationwide.
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RALPH LAUREN NEWS: Ralph Lauren Fragrances announced a new hire and several promotions. Caroline Mackin has joined the company as vice president of global marketing for fragrances. She succeeds Majorie Ticknor and will be responsible for all Ralph Lauren fragrance brands worldwide as well as for the global advertising for the company, including the U.S. marketplace. Linda Marino was promoted to director of global marketing. She was formerly manager of global marketing. Stephanie Longworth, assistant vice president of global marketing, will now be responsible for global marketing for cosmetics. Doreen Bollhofer has been promoted to vice president, fragrance product development for Ralph Lauren Fragrances and related products. Lara Modjeski, assistant vice president, has been named head of the creative department at Ralph Lauren Fragrances.
MARIONNAUD FACTS AND FIGURES: Sales at Parfumeries Marionnaud, France’s biggest perfumery chain, last year were $659.4 million, up 50 percent over 2000. Figures include those of companies acquired last year. All figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates. Marionnaud said in a statement that organic growth in France during 2001 reached 13.94 percent, compared with growth of 11.5 percent in 2000.
In other Marionnaud news, the company announced that it has inked a deal to acquire 51 percent of a holding company that will group three Eastern European perfumery chains. The chains, called Ina, Diva and Privileges, comprise 107 doors and are part of the Ina Center group of perfumeries. The stores, located in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria, ring up annual sales of about $35 million before tax.
TOEING THE LINE: Jaqua Girls, known for their funky spa kits in a paint can, is adding to its Top-to-Toe food-based skin treatment line. New products include Mandarin Carrot Seed Facial Cleanser. Cherry Facial Scrub, Rice Green Tea Facial Moisturizer, Mango Jojoba Shower Gel and Mango Jojoba Body Lotion. Prices range from $12.50 to $20.
CHANEL PROMOTION: Robert Taylor has been promoted to senior vice president of sales for fragrance and beauty at Chanel. Taylor, who joined the company in 1993, was formerly head of sales.
CYBER STRATEGY: L’Oreal kicked off the second installment of its online business game, L’Oreal e-Strat Challenge. Starting last week, 790 teams of three students each began competing in the online competition that involves generating strategies for virtual beauty companies.
BEAUTY GALLERY’S CHANGING FACE: Luciano Abbati, founder and managing director, of Milan-based Beauty Gallery, resigned abruptly in late December. He’s not talking, though, and will remain tight-lipped while “sorting things out.” Beauty Gallery executives declined comment on Abbati’s departure. Replacing Abbati is Carlo Bazzana, former chief executive officer at International Cosmetics and Parfums, distributor of Trussardi perfumes. Beauty Gallery’s debut proprietary fragrances, Pal Zileri and Marina Spadafora, will be on shelves mid-March.
DIVIDEND DOZEN: Marking the 12th consecutive year in which it has done so, Avon Products again boosted its quarterly stock dividend Thursday. The 1 cent increase, to 20 cents per common share, is effective March 1 to shareholders of record Feb. 15. In a statement, Avon chief executive officer Andrea Jung said the increase reflects Avon’s “continuing confidence in the company’s potential for earnings growth and strong cash flow generation. Paying a healthy cash dividend also reflects our ongoing commitment to enhance total returns to our shareholders.”
BIG WIN: Jenefer Palmer, founder of Osea, won The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award on Wednesday. Osea, a skin care collection built around sea-based ingredients such as seaweed and red algae, also just took its first baby steps into the spa market — it is now the primary line used in the spa at the Shore Club Hotel in South Beach, Fla.
SENSITIVE SOLUTION: French pharmacy and parapharmacy brand Bioderma is targeting sensitive skin with two facial products called Innovance. It includes Creme Soie, a moisturizer, and Gelee Micellaire Cristalline, a cleanser, which hit shelves in France in late January. The products rolled out to Africa, the Mideast, and Eastern and Western Europe starting in January. Creme Soie comes in a 40-ml. tube that sells for $13, while Gelee Micellaire Cristalline comes in a 250-ml. bottle that goes for $8.50. All prices are converted from the euro at current exchange rates and are for France.