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AVON PASSES INSPECTION: Avon Products Inc. is the first company to have a factory certified as sweatshop-free under a global factory monitoring plan undertaken by a New York think tank.
The Council on Economic Priorities launched its effort about two years ago as part of its mission to study social and environmental issues facing corporations.
Other participating companies are The Body Shop, Eileen Fisher, Reebok and Otto-Versand GmbH & Co., the German mail-order house that owns Spiegel and Eddie Bauer.
The Avon cosmetics factory given a sweatshop-free seal of approval is located in Suffern, N.Y.
The inspection is significant because it’s the first time the CEP’s monitoring standard, Social Accountability 8000, has been put to the test. Under the CEP plan, individual factories become accredited and regularly checked by auditing firms using the SA 8000 blueprint.
Worldwide Avon owns and operates 17 other facilities, which also will be audited. Eventually, Avon’s contractors, which supply a variety of goods sold by the catalog concern, including apparel, will be inspected, according to an Avon spokesman.
CEP’s goals are similar to those of the White House anti-sweatshop task force, which is focusing on the apparel and footwear industries. However, under the CEP plan, individual factories are certified; the task force blueprint certifies companies.

HERRERA ANNIVERSARY: To mark the 10th anniversary of the Carolina Herrera fragrance, the Venezuela-born fashion designer threw a party at her Upper East Side townhouse earlier this month. Family members, like daughter Carolina Herrera Jr., who worked on the 212 fragrance; executives from Compar, which distributes the Herrera fragrances, and friends attended.
A new Carolina Herrera advertising campaign photographed by Richard Avedon will break this September, and several new products will make their debuts in August.
These include a scented candle for $38, a crystal bottle of perfume that will retail for $150 and a $58 limited-edition fragrance collection set.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Zitomer, the upscale pharmacy and department store on Madison Avenue, has added a new makeup line that pays homage to its hometown. Called Z New York, the collection includes eye shadows; powder blushes; foundations; concealers; brow powders; nail polishes; lipsticks; eye, lip and brow pencils; brushes, and applicators. All the products are named for New York landmarks and locations, like 42nd Street, a frosty beige lipstick, and Chelsea, a salmon pink nail polish.
The makeup, which ranges in price from $8 for a nail polish to $30 for a foundation, can be found at Zitomer. Murray Shapiro, vice president of Zitomer, said the line will roll out to boutiques here and abroad.

5S BOOMS: Shiseido’s 5S store in SoHo is beating plan by a whopping 70 percent, according to the company, and the best-selling product is Pore Peel. The company reported the store racked up $51,000 in sales between May 21, the day the store opened, and May 30. The target was $30,000.
5S is a mid-priced line of makeup and skin care targeted to cosmopolitan women in their 20s and 30s.

HOT TIMES IN THE CITY: Temperatures will rise more than usual on a few street corners this summer, thanks to Helene Curtis’ outdoor sampling campaign for ThermaSilk heat-activated hair care, which includes the offer of free blow-dry stylings.
A 20-week, 13-city ThermaSilk bus tour kicked off June 2 at 53rd Street and Park Avenue, where more than 1,000 shampoo and conditioner samples were handed out to pedestrians. Other scheduled stops include Chicago and Los Angeles. At each stopover, passersby are invited to a complimentary blow-dry from a professional hairdresser using ThermaSilk styling products. Luke O’Connor — the stylist for NBC sitcom “Suddenly Susan” — will be on hand at select locations.
By the tour’s conclusion, Helene Curtis expects to have distributed 300,000 ThermaSilk how-to brochures and 325,000 samples.
The tour is also promoting Look Good…Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program for women, by handing out 5,000 pamphlets and making a donation.

CRYSTAL CLEAR: Lalique has just launched worldwide its sixth limited-edition women’s fragrance, Jour et Nuit. The bottle was inspired by a blue crystal Lalique clock dating from 1926.
Jour et Nuit is being sold in Lalique stores and in affiliated duty-free doors.
According to managing director Dominique Daviaud, Lalique expects to produce 5,000 signed and numbered Jour et Nuit bottles that will retail in France for $710. The price was converted from French francs at current exchange rates.

ADDING ON: Kathleen Cullin, former group vice president of regional markets for the Americas at Calvin Klein Cosmetics, has joined Compar as senior vice president of sales and marketing, a new post. She will report to Mark Puig, president of Compar. Fernando Aleu continues as chairman.

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