PARIS – In a move to strengthen the distribution of its premium and prestige fragrance brands in Oceania, Puig said on Thursday that it has inked a partnership agreement with Groupe Clarins and opened an office in the region.The tie-in is effective this month, when Trimex Pty Ltd., a Clarins company, gives back-office, logistics and commercial services to Puig in Australia. It also distributes the Spanish company’s products in New Zealand.Puig, for its part, said it will manage all marketing-related activities for the brands and oversee the management of its key accounts in Oceania.“The complimentary of our businesses has proven to be an asset in other geographies, and we look forward to replicating this success in Australia and New Zealand,” said Marc Puig, chairman and chief executive officer of Puig, in a statement.In July 2013, Clarins began distributing Puig’s prestige fragrance portfolio in North America.“By combining forces in Oceania, we will be able to build an ever more efficient and focused organization, create synergies and accelerate growth of both companies in the region,” stated Jonathan Zrihen, president and ceo of Groupe Clarins.Trimex has been wholly owned by Groupe Clarins since 2014. The company distributes in Australia and New Zealand beauty brands including Clarins; fragrance brands such as Thierry Mugler, Azzaro, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Nina Ricci and Jean Paul Gaultier, and Laura Mercier makeup.Puig has an ongoing strategy of broadening its geographic reach through joint ventures. In mid-January, as reported, it announced a partnership with Luxasia, the leading prestige omnichannel beauty distribution and retail company in Asia.The joint venture began on Feb. 1 and covers select Southeast Asian markets, including Singapore and Malaysia. Privately held, Singapore-based Luxasia manages a portfolio of 20 beauty brands in the region, which includes Burberry, Clarins, Estée Lauder, Clarins, Hermès, Decléor, Gatineau and Payot.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion