BEAUTY CARE

Inter Parfums to develop Brooks Brothers line of products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Clothier Brooks Brothers has taken on a beauty partner to supply a line of personal care products for men and women in its stores.

Inter Parfums entered into an exclusive agreement with the retailer, and will design, manufacture and supply personal care products for men and women, which will be sold at Brooks Brothers locations in the United States. Additionally, the fragrance company also signed a licensing agreement covering Brooks Brothers stores and specialty and department stores outside the United States, including duty free and other travel-related retailers.

In addition to new product development, Inter Parfums will assume responsibility for the production and supply of existing Brooks Brothers fragrance and related personal care products.

“We are extremely honored by this new association with Brooks Brothers, an American icon since 1818 and an enduring name that has shaped the American style of dress through fashion innovation, fine quality, and personal service,” said Jean Madar, Inter Parfums’ chief executive officer. “Our in-house team of designers will draw upon the Brooks Brothers heritage as they develop classic yet modern personal care products and collections for men and women.”

In the United States, Inter Parfums will be responsible for product development, formula creation, packaging design and manufacturing while Brooks Brothers will be responsible for marketing, advertising and in-store sales.

The first new products to be developed by Inter Parfums are tentatively scheduled for launch in November 2008 at Brooks Brothers retail stores in the United States.

International distribution is expected to begin in 2009.

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Diane Miles resigns from Bare Escentuals

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO Bare Escentuals, a maker of mineral-based cosmetics, has announced the resignation of Diane Miles, president of wholesale and international sales.

The company now searching for a senior vice president of wholesale sales to assume the duties. Until a replacement is found, the wholesale and international sales and marketing personnel will report to Jim Taschetta, chief marketing officer, and Leslie Blodgett, chief executive officer.

“We do not believe this announcement is related to current business trends; however, the timing is not ideal. The wholesale segment has been the shining star of the business in 2007, and the growth story hinges on expansion in this channel over the next few quarters [Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Sephora, Ulta and J.C. Penney],” stated SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst William Chappell. “While we do not expect her departure to impact the planned distribution expansion, we are disappointed that she did not stick around for a transition period.”

Miles, former chief executive officer of Benefit Cosmetics, a LVMH subsidiary, joined Bare Escentuals in 2006 to oversee operations. According to Chappell, Miles was expected to continue overseeing the wholesale segment but her duties had been greatly reduced as the company bulked up its senior management team. Chappell stated that he believes this is what led to her resignation.

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Nexxus, Locks of Love team up to educate women on charitable hair donations

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Nexxus Salon Hair Care has partnered with Locks of Love, a group that provides children suffering from long-term medical hair loss with hairpieces and wigs, to educate women and men on how to properly donate their hair to the charity.

Through the partnership, Nexxus Salon Hair Care and Locks of Love has created a video tutorial to educate interested donors and their stylists on the proper steps to donate. The video can be found at www.Nexxus.com. The main steps are:

  • Hair must be at least 10 inches from tip to tip
  • Hair must be secured in a ponytail or braid before it is cut; and the cut must be made above the hair elastic
  • Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed
  • Ponytail should be placed in a plastic bag and then into an envelope
  • Include the hair donation form you find at www.LocksofLove.org so they can acknowledge the donation.

In addition to producing the video, Nexxus made a donation of $10,000 to the organization to help defray operating costs and to help fund research in finding a cure for alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s hair to fall out. Over the past two years, Locks of Love has expanded their efforts in the search for a cure by awarding research grants to the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

To date, the non-profit organization has provided more than 2,000 children in all 50 states and Canada with hairpieces. Most of the children who receive hairpieces suffer from the medical condition alopecia areata.

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