PARIS — French flavors and fragrances firm Robertet reported first-quarter 2004 sales of $61.4 million at current exchange rates, or 51.5 million euros, down 2.3 percent year-on-year. At constant exchange rates, sales would have grown 5.1 percent.
The firm also reported full-year 2003 sales of $241 million, or 202.1 million euros, down 2.5 percent compared with 2002. At constant rates of exchange, sales would have risen 8 percent. The firm’s full-year net profits grew 5.8 percent to $16.8 million, or 14.1 million euros, over 2003. — Brid Costello
Dove’s New Design
NEW YORK — In order to help build a uniform brand identity across all the categories it competes in, Dove has tapped design agency Raison Pure International to create a new, beauty-focused look for its products. Dove deodorants, hair care and body care, which are rolling out now, will have enlarged gold Dove logos in the center of packages, and new typeface and color on packages. According to Laurent Hainaut, president of Raison Pure USA, the packaging reflects a company that is much more feminine and elegant. “They were looking to elevate the premium quality of the brand,” she said. — Andrea Nagel
NEW YORK — Nail enthusiasts who are never pleased with the selection of nail colors offered at salons now have a saving grace: Nailtini. The professional line offers 16 Straight Up colors, two mixer base coats to make Straight Up shades appear lighter or darker, six Topper coats to add shimmer or glitter to Straight Up polish, and a Garnish Book, which offers an assortment of nail art stencil designs. Vodka, a base coat and top coat, is formulated for shine and nail strengthening. Each bottle of Nailtini retails for $12. Michelle Olson, founder of Nailtini and formerly a mass market veteran on brands such as Dep and Got 2 B, is selling her wares in four boutiques in Los Angeles and South Carolina, and is also approaching department stores. Merchandising systems resemble wine racks, complete with three tiers: two for Straight Up Colors and one for Toppers. — A.N.
It’s All About the Hair
NEW YORK — Serge Normant is launching a second book this September, titled “Serge Normant Metamorphosis,” published by Abrams. It will retail for $40. The book combines fantasy and realism hairstyles on stars such as Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kate Moss. The book includes a foreword by Julia Roberts, an introduction by Isabella Rossellini, and a conclusion by Veruschka.? Images by Michael Thompson, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts and Ellen von Unwerth are also featured. — A.N.
Barsi Departs Givenchy
PARIS — Ariel Ricaud Barsi has left Givenchy after almost two decades to pursue other projects.
For seven years, she served as the director of Parfums Givenchy’s press service and public relations for France and internationally. In that post, Ricaud Barsi worked full-time on the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand’s image. During the 11 years prior to that, she was the press service and p.r. consultant for Givenchy fashion and beauty.
Ricaud Barsi will become a consultant for Boury & Associes, a company specializing in political and economic lobbying. She also is spearheading a publishing project in which she and a dozen journalists are writing romance novels. Three of these should be in print before yearend, said Ricaud Barsi.