PARIS — French beauty group L’Occitane International SA said on Monday it is focusing on its omnichannel sales strategy and digital marketing with the group’s web sell-out channels – driven particularly by T-mall in China – among the few bright spots in a slow first half.L’Occitane posted first-half net profits of 10.7 million euros, down 59.4 percent year-on-year, impacted by unfavorable foreign exchange rates, one-off effects and strong seasonality.Net sales in the six-month period ended Sept. 30 eased 0.6 percent on a like-for-like basis to 548.2 million euros, while the group’s operating profits fell 28.9 percent to 13.8 million euros.But its gross margin — a key indicator of profitability - was up 0.6 points versus the same period a year ago to 82.8 percent.Sales from the group’s web sell-out channels, including own e-commerce and marketplaces, rose 22.6 percent at constant rates.Regarding brands, the group said its emerging brands “remained on track” and contributed more to overall growth, with Melvita and Erborian delivering double-digit growth. In terms of markets, L’Occitane Brazil maintained strong mid-double-digit growth, excluding a one-off deal from last year.China and Brazil were the fastest-growing markets, with sales in the period rising 22.7 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively, with a brand ambassador campaign featuring Chinese artist Lu Han contributing to the group’s performance in China.A new female brand ambassador will soon come on board to promote face care products in L’Occitane's three main Greater China markets: mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.Also in the pipeline are two new flagship stores planned for Regent Street in London and Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, with the latter billed as a one-of-a-kind concept store in partnership with famous French pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)