China Opens Wider Path for Cruelty-Free Beauty

SHANGHAI — When products from U.K.-based brand Bulldog Skincare arrived at Watsons’ pharmacy stores in Shanghai at the end of November, it may not have looked much different from all the other grooming products sitting beside it on the shelf. But for the cruelty-free community, this was a big and proud win. With the launch, the men’s skin-care line became […]

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LVMH-Owned Kendo Names Kristin Walcott President

Kendo has made a series of executive appointments, including promoting Kristin Walcott, previously senior vice president and global general manager, to president, WWD has learned. In addition to Walcott, Heather Fisher has been promoted to senior vice president of global marketing effective as of January, and Elizabeth Hayes will join Kendo as senior vice president of product strategy in February. […]

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This Is the Only Coat You Need for Winter, According to Oprah—and It's on Amazon

Temperatures are cooling and, once again, women are placing their confidence in an unassuming coat from Amazon that rings in at $140. The Orolay Women's Thickened Down Jacket ($140; amazon.com) is a number-one bestseller in the Women's Outdoor Recreation and Down Jackets category, and has amassed over 7,000 reviews and boasts a 4.2 out of 5 rating. Not only does it have a cult-following (ICYMI, it went […]

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As Chinese Tourism Booms, Travel Retail Soars

CANNES, France — Despite global geopolitical turmoil stoked by protests in Hong Kong, the uncertainty around Brexit, trade wars and currency fluctuations, the travel-retail industry remains on a high growth trajectory, driven by beauty sales and the Chinese consumer. Overall, the channel clocked 12.9 percent gains in 2018 to $79 billion, of which $31 billion was rung up by beauty […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Drew Elliott Named Global Creative Director of MAC Cosmetics

Drew Elliott is leaving publishing for the beauty industry. MAC Cosmetics today revealed that Elliott is its new senior vice president and global creative director. In the role, Elliott will report to Philippe Pinatel, MAC's senior vice president and general manager, as well as John Demsey, executive group president, The Estée Lauder Companies. In an interview with WWD, Demsey called […]

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Benefit Names Christie Fleischer as CEO

Benefit Cosmetics has named a new chief executive officer. The makeup brand announced today that it has appointed Christie Fleischer as ceo. Fleischer was previously the head of global consumer products at Netflix, overseeing retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events. At Benefit, she will report to Chris de Lapuente, chairman and ceo of LVMH's perfumes […]

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MAC Cosmetics Appoints New Senior Executive

MAC Cosmetics has a new senior executive. The company announced today that it has appointed James Aquilina as senior vice president and general manager for international and global commercial, a role previously held by Mary Renaud, who retired in August after 35 years with MAC. Aquilina has spent 13 years of his career with The Estée Lauder Companies. He was […]

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National Beauty Science Institute Hosts Second Master Class in Paris

PARIS — Judy Price continued her quest to introduce students and young professionals to the multifaceted beauty industry with the colloquium she hosted here on Sept. 11. “The Science & Sustainability of Beauty Masterclass” ran all day at the Institut Pasteur Paris and included speakers from the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Coty Inc., Symrise and Johnson […]

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