Jeremy Scott’s Fragrance for Moschino
For his first Moschino fragrance, Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott fashioned a teddy bear as the bottle for the eau de toilette — called Toy — and then packaged the bear in a carton fit for a toy. Scott said the bear is both an homage to the teddy-bear dress that Franco Moschino designed in the late Eighties, and Scott’s own “love affair” with teddy bears in his work.
Distribution will become more selective, with an estimated 5,000 doors to carry Toy worldwide and for the first time, the fragrance will be sold in Moschino boutiques worldwide and on the brand’s Web site. The 50-ml. bottle-in-a-bear retailing for 98 euros, or about $122 at current exchange has top notes that include bergamot, mandarin and cardamom, with a heart of lavender, violet petals and hawthorn, and a drydown of sandalwood, vanilla, mountain tree moss and acacia.
Kendo to Break Off From Sephora
Four years after it was officially founded as a private-label product development arm of Sephora, Kendo is stepping out. Kendo is asserting its independence from the global beauty retailer with a mandate to expand global distribution and continue to develop and acquire new brands with long-term potential.
As part of that mandate, it made its second acquisition this week: Bite Beauty. The three-year-old Canadian color cosmetics firm, founded by Susanne Langmuir, specializes in natural lip products. It also runs a custom-blending lipstick operation, Lip Lab, with stores in New York’s SoHo district and Toronto. Bite Beauty joins four Kendo-created brands — Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D Beauty, Formula X and Elizabeth and James fragrances — and one other acquisition, Ole Henriksen, which was purchased in 2011.
The Tom Ford 50 Lipstick Range
Tom Ford is releasing 50 miniature (or as Ford calls them, clutch-sized) lipsticks in his Estée Lauder-licensed beauty line. Each of the 50 shades — named for a man past or present in Ford’s life — will also be available for sale separately, beginning on Nov. 28 at 12:01 am on tomford.com, for one day. On Dec. 26, it will reappear in-store in 200 of the brand’s 400 global doors, and in 100 doors in North America.
In the Lips & Boys lineup, there are 10 shade ranges, encompassing nude browns, violets and plums, metallics, reds and light pinks. The high-pigment shades are done in a base of soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil. Thirty-six offerings are new shades; 10 are from Velvet Suede, Ford’s current seasonal color story, and four are from previous seasons. Ford predicted bestsellers will include Tomas, a coral hue; Matthew, a coral pink; Flynn, a light pink; Giacomo, a deep rose, and Patrick, a muted coral pink. Each clutch-size lipstick will retail for $32. The lipsticks can also be packaged in sets of any three hues in the collection.
–Selicia A. Walker