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Ellen Brothers named to Bare Escentuals board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO Bare Escentuals, a maker of mineral-based cosmetics, has appointed Ellen Brothers an independent member of its board of directors and a member of the board’s nominating and corporate governance committee.

Brothers brings nearly 30 years of senior management experience, most recently as president of the American Girls Brands, a business unit of Mattel. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of the organization, which includes direct marketing, experiential retail and publishing channels. 

Brothers joined American Girl in 1995 as VP catalogue marketing. She was named president of the company in 2000, succeeding founder Pleasant Rowland. Prior to American Girl, she was with Pepperidge Farm Mail Order Company for10 years, where she served as president and GM. 

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MAC, Hello Kitty come together to benefit the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK MAC Cosmetics has launched a collection based on the pop-culture character Hello Kitty with an auction to benefit the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

The creations of internationally renowned designers, who were invited by MAC to create one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the Hello Kitty collection, are being auctioned on eBay with all proceeds going to the museum’s Acquisition Fund. The Acquisition Fund allows the museum to acquire garments for its permanent collection from up-and-coming design talent who cannot afford to donate garments to the museum. Two MAC Hello Kitty designs by Katy England, a dress and a catsuit, have also been donated to the museum’s permanent collection.

“Since the inception of the brand, MAC’s roots have always been in fashion,” stated John Demsey, group president, MAC Cosmetics. “We support both up-and-coming and established designers by providing makeup artistry for their runway shows or creating limited edition designer color collections. It was a natural fit to fuse two iconic brands with fashion, and give both MAC addicts and Hello Kitty-obsessed fans something that will keep them talking for a long time.”

International bidding for the designs began on eBay Feb. 9 and will remain live for 10 days. To view and bid on the designs, visit www.ebay.com/machellokitty. The MAC Hello Kitty garments can also be viewed on the MAC Cosmetics Facebook page.

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Murad tops ’08 skin-care sales charts at Sephora, Ulta

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Murad Inc., which was founded in 1989 by Howard Murad M.D., has announced that it is once again the top-selling clinical skin-care brand at Sephora and Ulta for the third year running, based on 2008 sales data reported by these retailers.

“It is tremendously gratifying to learn that we have once again topped the skin-care sales charts at our retail partners Sephora and Ulta,” stated Richard Murad, COO. “We enjoyed great success at retail in 2008. Not only did we maintain our No. 1 position at Ulta, Sephora and Sephora inside J.C. Penny, we further extended the margin by which we lead our competition. With a record-breaking sales year overall in 2008, we look forward to further building upon that success and extending it into other venues in 2009.”

Sephora has more than 750 stores in 21 countries, while Ulta operates 211 stores within 26 U.S. states.

The Murad brand is known for its topical and internal skin-care lines. It offers 88 consumer products and 45 professional products throughout 45 countries.

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