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Top Notes: The End of A Brand … Marionnaud Taken Over … Latreille Appointed …

THE END OF A BRAND: Wella-owned Tony & Tina Vibrational Remedies, the former indie brand of color cosmetics and, most recently, fragrance and skin care, announced Thursday that it is “closing its doors.” In an e-mail...

THE END OF A BRAND: Wella-owned Tony & Tina Vibrational Remedies, the former indie brand of color cosmetics and, most recently, fragrance and skin care, announced Thursday that it is “closing its doors.” In an e-mail sent via global public relations director Dana Capone, Cristina Bornstein (better known as Tina), who cofounded the brand in 1997, stated “Tony and I really do believe that, when you make room in your life, clear away the old, so to say, you make room for new and wonderful things to happen. We’re very excited at the endless possibilities that are presenting themselves.” While Yana Chupenko, the brand’s director of product development and marketing, cited “unforeseen and unexpected circumstances” in an earlier e-mail, neither Bornstein, nor co-creative president (and co-founder) Anthony Gill, were available at press time for further comment.

MARIONNAUD TAKEN OVER: Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing has succeeded in taking over Marionnaud Parfumeries. A.S. Watson, a subsidiary of the entrepreneur’s real estate, shipping and telecommunications conglomerate, Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., now holds more than 90 percent of the beauty retailer’s capital and voting rights, according to a statement released Thursday by the Autorité Marchés Financiers, France’s financial markets authority. A.S. Watson had stipulated it would settle for no less than 50.01 percent of Marionnaud’s ownership when it launched its takeover bid in February. The AMF is expected to publish the final results of the takeover by Monday.

LATREILLE APPOINTED: Ariane Latreille has been named director of international marketing for Decléor and Carita, a new post based in Paris. She formerly oversaw the brands’ international marketing and training teams. Decléor and Carita are both owned by Shiseido.

DIOR SALES UP: Parfums Christian Dior reported that its sales in France last year rose 5.2 percent. The brand held 9.43 percent of the French market in 2004, versus 9.39 percent in 2003, the company said, citing figures from tracking firm Secodip. Dior also said it ranked first in men’s fragrance, second in women’s scents and in makeup and fifth in skin care. In unit sales, Dior held 9.8 percent of the French beauty market last year, making it the number-one brand.

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