LONDON — With its new Knickerbocker Glory collection flashing naughty names of shades like Suck My Candy, Tantric and Randy Sandy, it would appear that Pout is ready for a summer fling. And the British beauty brand, which was launched in June 2001, is flirting with more than one store on more than one shore.
Knickerbocker Glory, which was launched in the U.K. earlier this month, introduced 10 shades across six different ranges — eye shadow duos, eye slicks, lip glosses, lip polishes, flush blushes and rouges. The collection will make its U.S. debut Thursday at Henri Bendel, followed by Bloomingdale’s and Holt Renfrew in Canada on Friday.
There are two eye shadow duos: Miss Antigua pairs shimmery lemon sorbet and aqua shades, while Miss Denmark, a contrast of flamingo pink and peach melba, is priced at $23, or 13 pounds, each.
Tantric and Swing, the two shades of eye slicks, come in baby blue and pale pink, respectively. They will retail for $25, 14 pounds, each.
For lips, there are three offerings: two shades of lip gloss and a lip polish. The glosses — priced at $18, 10 pounds, each — come in a clear glaze called Suck My Candy and a gold peach shimmer called Cross My Heart. The lip polish, at $18, is a caramel-flavored coral shade called Randy Sandy.
Next up are Pout’s best-selling cream flush blushes, priced at $36, 20 pounds, each, which have been launched in two new shades, Peachy Passion and Flushed Pink. In a pearl pink shade is Pearly Queen, Knickerbocker Glory’s only rouge, retailing for $29, 16 pounds.
Meanwhile, for Sephora and Bloomingdale’s, the message seems to be clear: If in doubt, Pout.
Having just launched Pout into the new Sephora store in the AOL Time Warner building on Columbus Circle in New York, the brand will also roll out to Sephora in San Diego (the Fashion Valley Mall), Miami and Las Vegas, followed by Short Hills, N.J., and Garden City, N.Y. At the end of May, Pout will launch in a new Sephora store in Seattle.
In France, Pout will launch at the new Bercy Sephora store in Paris that opens May. 17 as well as the existing Champs- Elysée, Rue de Rivoli, Lyon and Passy stores. Pout will also roll out to the new Bloomingdale’s SoHo store in New York on Friday, and to three Myer stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Bondi Beach, Australia.
The Knickerbocker Glory collection will launch in all of the above stores and is currently available in the U.K. at Pout in Covent Garden; Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh; Brown Thomas in Dublin; Fenwick in York, and Bentalls in Kingston. — Ellen Burney
Revlon to Buy Back Notes
NEW YORK — Revlon Inc. launched its cash offer to buy back about $555 million in debt as part of a strategy to reduce costs. The buyback is composed of various senior secured notes due in 2005 and 2006. Revlon also said its subsidiary, Revlon Consumer Products Corp., would be entering into a new credit facility to replace its existing facility. “The new credit facility is expected to be executed concurrently with the consummation of the tender offers, and it is expected that a portion of the amounts borrowed will be used to purchase notes validly tendered and not withdrawn and to repay the existing credit facility,” the company said in a statement. — Jennifer Weitzman
Kanebo to Clean Up Its Act
TOKYO — Kanebo has formed a Management Clean-Up Investigation Committee in order to reform and clean up its management, according to the company. Lawyer Yuichi Suzuki, ex-prosecutor at the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office, will head the committee of eight members.
Kanebo, struggling with heavy liabilities, will be restructured with an aid package of $3.39 billion, 366 billion yen, from the financial institute Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan. “For better restructuring, we should find out points to improve in the past management,” said a spokesman for Kanebo.
Kanebo will spin off its cosmetics business and make a restructuring plan in the middle of May. — Koji Hirano
Hansford Color to Go
LONDON — Like a Bergdorf Blonde, a Mayfair Mane is trademarked for London ladies and nobody knows it better than colorist Jo Hansford. Such is the demand for Jo Hansford color — just ask clients including Elizabeth Hurley, Camilla Parker Bowles, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Nigella Lawson — launched to go from her Mayfair salon this month.
The Colour Pharmacy Prescriptive Colour offers clients the chance to use a customized Jo Hansford vegetable dye in the comfort of their own home. “Clients are invited to send in a lock of their hair taken from the underneath back section, ensuring that the piece is large enough to show the current color,” said Hansford. “A recent photograph is also required in order to select the best color for the skin tone.” Prices start at $58 for 125 ml to $90 for 250 ml. All prices are converted from the British pound at the current exchange rate. — E.B.