LONDON — Pharmacognosist Dr. Simon Jackson and managing director John Murray are looking to fill in the gap within personal care and are aiming to be pioneers of natural products. Jackson and Murray launched Modern Botany earlier this week in the U.K., a unisex brand that consists of natural products that are based on pharmacognosy — the study of medicines from plants and natural environments.
The duo — who are both business partners and married partners — met in 2012 while working together at Jackson’s first venture, Dr. Jackson’s Natural Products Cosmetics company. Jackson, who set up the company in 2008, left in 2016, sold his shares in 2017 and is no longer associated with the brand. Their aim was to focus on products that are science-led, plant-based natural alternatives that are aluminium and paraben-free.
Rhoxanne Villaseñor is keeping her family's "rh" theme alive.
Like her brother, Rhuigi of Rhude Villaseñor has a background in design. She launched The Rhod, a jewelry brand named after her father, several years ago, around the same time that her brother launched his cult-favorite streetwear brand. The Rhod, Villaseñor said, was mainly costume jewelry made of brass with gold plating. She has since elevated to fine jewelry, working strictly with gold and diamonds for Rhox, her newest jewelry venture. "As I’m getting older, it was important for me to be true to myself," said Villaseñor. "The way we marketed and branded Rhox, it’s more studio-artistic. I’m using fruits to reflect body parts and shapes because I want people to visualize themselves without comparing [themselves to] another person. The images are vibrant, bright, and it’s a reflection of me and my spirit. I want to bring joy to people — I do it for a living." 🍋
Victoria’s Secret has been sold – and Les Wexner is stepping aside.
Parent company L Brands sold 55 percent of the intimates giant to Sycamore Partners for $525 million. The deal includes the Pink brand. Victoria’s Secret will become a private company, while L Brands’ remaining operation, Bath & Body Works, will become a standalone public firm.
Following the transaction, Wexner – who has come under fire over the last 18 months for Victoria’s Secret failure to adapt to changing market conditions, his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and alleged sexual harassment at the company, will transition from chairman and chief executive officer to chairman emeritus of the company he founded.
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