NRF: Retail sales up in September
WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s good news for the upcoming holiday selling season. The National Retail Federation said September retail sales — excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants — increased 0.4%, seasonally adjusted from August and 2.1% unadjusted year-over-year.
NRF said that back-to-school spending was “robust” and a series of new, technology-led product launches helped retailers in September. U.S. Department of Commerce data showed September retail sales and food service sales up 1.1% seasonally adjusted month to month, and 5.4% unadjusted year over year.
Other findings from NRF’s September retail sales report showed that general merchandise stores’ sales increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted month to month but decreased 1.2% unadjusted year over year. Health and personal care stores’ sales increased 0.4% seasonally adjusted yet decreased 2% unadjusted.
Beauty visionary George Friedman dies at 77
SAGAPONACK, N.Y. — Beauty pioneer George Friedman, a former advertising executive who helped shape the beauty industry and developed and marketed designer fragrances, died Sunday at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He was 77 years old.
According to reports, the cause of death was a heart attack.
Friedman joined Estee Lauder Cos. in 1968 and eventually became group president of Aramis and Clinique before leaving to start up Warner Cosmetics, a joint venture with Warner Communications and Ralph Lauren. Friedmand and another ex-Lauder executive, Robert Ruttenberg, teamed up to create revolutionary fragrances like the Polo men’s fragrance, Paloma and Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt was sold in both drug and department stores, a two-pronged approach that department stores had resisted, the New York Times reported.
In 1984 Cosmair, L’Oréal’s American division purchased Warner Cosmetics for $146 million. Four years later, Friedman and Ruttenberg formed a joint venture with Limited called Gryphon Development, to develop fragrances for brands like Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works and Abercrombie & Fitch. Limited bought Friedman and Ruttenberg out of their share in 1992.
Cleanlogic celebrates launch of Green Collection with NYC event
NEW YORK — IMS Trading’s Cleanlogic bath and body care line — which is dedicated to raising awareness, as well as funds for those who struggle with blindness — has announced the launch of its new Green Collection, a groundbreaking entry into the world of eco-friendly bath and body care.
The 13-SKU collection includes everything from mesh bath sponges and facial buffs to moisture gloves and socks. Materials used for these products include bamboo and ramie plants, synthetic bristles, and natural loofah materials that are grown from the ground. Products within the collection will, of course, be packaged with the brand’s signature Braille labels. Prices for products in the Cleanlogic Green line range from $1.99 to $5.99.
To celebrate the launch, Cleanlogic recently invited members of media to step into the shoes of one of the 25 million blind and visually impaired individuals currently living in the United States. The brand took attendees through a “Dining in the Dark” event with the help of Dark Dining Projects, an innovative way to bring visually healthy individuals face-to-face with the experience of blindness.
Members of the media enjoyed four of their own senses to the fullest extent as they indulged in food by Camaje restaurant and specialty cocktails by Bombay Sapphire East, while wearing masks that completely shielded any light from entering their view. Prior to the dinner, CEO of Cleanlogic, Isaac Shapiro and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, Carl Augusto, welcomed guests and shared the brand’s mission to create “products with a vision for tomorrow,” and the importance of creating products that can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone, including people with disabilities like vision loss.
Cleanlogic is known for its public commitment to educating consumers about the rapidly growing visually impaired community, and also for its dedication to creating products that are accessible to those who live with blindness through its integration of functional Braille on product packaging. Inspired by the experiences of Shapiro’s mother, Bea, who was diagnosed with legal blindness as a young child, a portion of Cleanlogic’s proceeds are donated to the Inspiration Foundation, Shapiro’s nonprofit foundation that benefits the blind and visually-impaired community.