Goddess Garden — an organic sunscreen turned skin-care company — has raised another round of capital from Renewal Funds.The company has just closed a Series B round from Renewal, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based fund that has backed brands like Seventh Generation (now owned by Unilever). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The round follows the company's Series A, also raised from Renewal, which closed in December 2016. Since then, Goddess Garden has more than doubled its distribution, and is now in more than 22,000 doors with Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sprouts, Wegmans and other natural-oriented retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Goddess Garden also re-branded and added new, more colorful packaging.Nova Covington, the founder and chief executive officer of Goddess Garden, says the company is planning to use the additional money for product development.Goddess Garden, which makes natural products with a high concentration of organic ingredients, started with sunscreens and later branched into skin care. Covington started the line when her daughter was having allergic reactions to certain skin-care products.Recently, the brand launched aromatherapy fragrances — Essential Oil Roll-On Perfumes — and corresponding bracelets. All of Goddess Garden's aromatherapy perfumes list out the fragrance ingredients on the label in the name of transparency, Covington said."I felt really strongly about this," Covington said. "Most things that say fragrance on the back [can have chemicals and phthalates] and have hormone disruption functions.""We're working on innovations in our skin care as well," Covington said. Right now, Goddess Garden's product lineup includes things like Erase the Day Purifying Clay Cleanser, $18.99, Under the Sun Hydrating vitamin Serum, $19.99, and Face the Day Daily SPD 30 Moisturizer and Firming Primer, $18.99. For 2018, the brand is target 50 percent growth."[The team's] commitment to clean ingredients, combined with business principles rooted in sustainable integrity resonated deeply with us," said Kate Storey, Renewal Funds vice president. "Their creative approach to innovation and fervent and growing brand following is unrivaled in organic sun care and skin care."
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion