Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher dies at 72
MINNEAPOLIS — Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda and a self-proclaimed “student” of nature, died on Feb. 15 at his home in Osceola, Wis., after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.
Rechelbacher was a pioneer in the now-mainstream sustainable health and beauty industry. He founded Aveda in 1978 with a vision for plant-based products. He grew the company into a powerhouse, and led the movement toward the use of organic ingredients, fair-trade sourcing, aromatherapy and recycled packaging along with numerous other innovations.
Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, on Nov. 11, 1941, he began apprenticing as a hairdresser at 14. He came to the United States and specifically to Minneapolis in 1964. After being injured in a car accident, he remained in Minnesota to take care of his medical expenses and opened his first Horst & Friends Salon in 1965. He first introduced his line of shampoos in 1977, the first plant-based beauty line, which became Aveda. His legacy includes the Aveda Concept Salons and the Aveda Institute and ushering in a new consciousness in the beauty and wellness industry.
When Rechelbacher sold Aveda to The Estee Lauder Cos. in 1997, it was then the largest sale of its kind. His focus then shifted to Intelligent Nutrients, where he continued to pioneer in the beauty industry — this time focusing on certified organic products using food-grade ingredients and plant stem-cell science, and continuing his life-long vision of creating safer, healthier products for consumers and the planet. In 2012, he turned the co-presidency of the company to his longtime partner Kiran Stordalen and daughter Nicole Thomas.
Rechelbacher was recognized as one of the most notable Austrians living in America by the Austrian press, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wolfgang Puck. Vanity Fair magazine honored him as one of the most influential environmentalists in the United States in 1995 and again in 2005. He is one of the three original founders of Business for Social Responsibility, which focused its mission on business and the sustainability of all living species. In 2004, he became a founding member of the Organic Center, a nonprofit dedicated to organic education, research and promotion. The North American Hairdressers Association honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007, the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa presented Horst with the Crystal Award. Rechelbacher also received the Rachel Carson Award for a Lifetime Commitment to Environmental Ethics & Integrity. Also in 2007, the Spa & Salon Professional Association honored him as an Industry Innovator and Legend for his lifetime contribution to the cosmetology industry. The Twin Cities Business Magazine inducted Horst into their 2008 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, acknowledging his contributions and recognizing him as one of the states’ most accomplished business leaders of all time. In 2009, the President of Austria awarded Horst the "Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria."
Red Carpet Manicure makes foray into nail lacquer category
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure has announced that it is expanding beyond the at-home LED gel polish category to enter the nail lacquer segment.
This new collection marks the brand’s nail lacquer debut and expands Red Carpet Manicure’s product line beyond its foundation in the at-home LED gel polish category. The collection includes 52 color shades, a base and a top coat, each sold separately for $7.99.
“Bolstering Red Carpet Manicure’s product offering with nail lacquer was actually a request from our loyal consumer base,” stated Barry Shields, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “The nail lacquer line will give our consumers yet another opportunity to re-create the hottest nail art trends in addition to our LED gel manicure system.”
The collection’s shades range from whites and nudes to a variety of pinks, corals and blues. In addition, 18 shades in the collection are color-matched to Red Carpet Manicure’s LED gel polish line.
“We are confident we can translate our huge success in the premium retail gel polish category to the lacquer space,” added Bruce Kowalsky, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “Our history and foundation is nail color, which has allowed us to develop a state-of-the-art formula.”
Coty, Piaggio Group to develop fragrances under Vespa name
NEW YORK — Coty and Piaggio Group, a European manufacturer of two-wheel motor vehicles, have teamed up for an exclusive partnership to create, develop and distribute a signature duo of fragrances for men and women under the Vespa name.
Vespa is one of Italy’s most iconic brands. A symbol of Italian style, creativity and technology, Vespa is not just a scooter, but an icon with more than 18 million scooters sold since its creation in 1946.
The duo Vespa fragrance line is expected to debut in May.