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Elizabeth Arden taps former P&G exec to serve as CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Arden has appointed former Procter & Gamble executive Rod Little to serve as EVP and CFO, effective April 1.

Since 2009, Little has served as CFO for P&G’s Global Salon Professional division, a $2 billion global business, and led a 200 person finance organization in over 20 countries. He was also a member of P&G’s Global Beauty Leadership Council. Prior to that, Little was the finance leader for P&G’s North America Salon Professional division. He joined P&G in 1997, after serving in the U.S. Air Force for five years, and progressed at P&G through numerous corporate finance and divisional finance leadership roles of increasing responsibility.

Along with significant global beauty experience, Little brings recent international experience having lived and worked outside of the United States for the past five years, managing specific divisional growth initiatives in Europe and Asia. As the finance leader for Wella after its acquisition by P&G, Little was responsible for the integration of that division.

“Rod is a seasoned financial executive with a strong background in the beauty market and significant international experience. We believe that he is particularly well-equipped to work with our senior executive team to help us return to systematic sales growth and gross margin improvement. Having led a large global finance organization within P&G, Rod earned a reputation as a strong, ‘hands on’ organizational leader and an excellent collaborator with commercial teams,”  E. Scott Beattie, chairman, president and CEO, said.

 

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Fragrances developed by Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen launch at Sephora

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO— Following a sneak peek pre-sale in December, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, the two new fragrances for the fashion brand launched by celebrities Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, are now available for sale in all North American Sephora stores.

The Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances were developed by the Olsens, Kendo for Sephora and Batallure Beauty. The fragrances, created in tandem with Firmenich, include Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, a floral musk with notes of peony, muguet and musk, and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, a woody scent with notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla. The architectural lines, rich gold accents and distinctive texture of the bottles, designed by the Olsens, are stylistically inspired by a vintage keepsake and mirror the design elements seen throughout the Elizabeth and James brand.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances are each available in three different sizes — 30 ml ($55), 50 ml ($75) and a rollerball ($22) — exclusively available at all Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

 

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Lands’ End enters body care category

BY Antoinette Alexander

DODGEVILLE, Wis. — Lands’ End is looking to further its position as a lifestyle brand by entering the body care category with the launch of its Coastal Living Body Care Collection.   

The body care collection, comprised of lavender and honey blossom scented body lotion, hand cream and body wash, is now available at landsend.com.

"The launch of this exciting new collection comes on the heels of months of research and development," said Michele Donnan-Martin, chief merchandising and design officer for Lands’ End. "We set out to create a skin care collection that refreshes, soothes and nourishes from head to toe. One that embodies a fragrance that transports the wearer to a lighthouse by the sea, capturing the essence of our nautical brand heritage.  I think the delicate balance of lavender and nourishing honey blossom does just that."

The Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Nourishing Body Lotion is a blend of lavender and honey. The formula features hydrating shea butter extracts to moisturize and condition the skin while vitamin E helps protect skin from daily damage. The Coastal Living Body Lotion is priced at $16.50.

Designed to soften, smooth and replenish dry skin, the Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Soothing Hand Cream features naturally occurring oils and emollients to hydrate and strengthen skin. It pairs aloe with vitamins A and E to help protect skin from daily damage. The Coastal Living Hand Cream is priced at $8.50.

The Fresh Lavender and Honey Blossom Refreshing Body Wash is designed to gently cleanses without stripping, drying or damaging the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It is priced at $14.50.


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lands’ End is also offering three limited-edition gift sets, beginning Feb. 1, at landsend.com. The Coastal Living Three-Piece Gift Set featuring full-sized bottles of the Coastal Living body lotion, hand cream and body wash, valued at $39.50, will be available to shoppers for $34.50. The limited edition Coastal Living Canvas Gift Set pairs Lands’ End’s small open top canvas tote with full-sized bottles of the Coastal Living Body lotion, hand cream and body wash, a $60 value, for $39.50. Finally, the Coastal Living Oxford Gift Set features full-sized bottles of the skin care trio with an Oxford Cosmetic Case, valued at $59.50, for $39.50. 

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