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NPD Group: Sales of facial masks outperform overall facial skin care category growth

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The NPD Group reports that sales of prestige facial skin care masks grew in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain during the 12 months ended June 2014. This growth helped to drive 2% value increases for overall facial skin care sales in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and offset the segment declines in Italy and Spain.

“Masks attract today’s consumers with the promise of immediate results in treating a variety of skin flaws,” stated Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst, the NPD Group. “New formats, and formulations that address individual needs appeal to the consumer looking to try something different without spending a fortune.”

The segment is still relatively small in size, but masks have had a significant impact on the overall sales of the prestige facial skin care category for the past 12 months, particularly in the United States. Facial masks significantly outperformed much larger segments, like facial moisturizers, according to NPD Group.

Facial skin care accounts for the majority of total prestige skincare sales in the U.S. and Europe, and plays a strong role in the direction of the overall category.

American and European consumers are increasingly interested in facial skin care with a variety of benefits in addition to anti-aging. Spain has embraced facial masks, and products with benefits targeting eyes and lips. Consumers in the United States, U.K., and Italy are also placing an increased emphasis on the face. In addition to anti-aging, sales of products targeting cleansing, hydration, anti-acne, and toning for the face have increased compared to the 12 months ending June 2013.

“The skin care industry has an opportunity to continue to grow and evolve with this, and other budding categories, through innovative product offerings and messaging,” said Grant. “As we’ve seen with masks, new offerings can be a complement to existing products in a skincare regimen. Creating this connection, addressing the desire for immediacy as well as long-term results, ultimately benefits the total skin care business.”
 

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Redesigned Bond No. 9 flagship brings Versailles to NYC’s NoHo

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

NEW YORK — Bond No. 9’s NoHo flagship store has undergone a total interior redesign, transforming the location into a welcoming 21st century version of the Palace of Versailles’ resplendent Hall of Mirrors.

The furnishings and decor, designed by Laurice Rahmé, Bond No. 9’s founder and president, is intended as a visual fantasia counterpart to the beauty of the 70 eaux de parfum and accompanying candles, creams, lotions, and accoutrements, the company stated.

The store features smoky mirrors everywhere — on the walls, lining the built-in wall-niches, and on the freestanding showcases throughout the 3,000-square-foot long retail corridor. With vividly colored fragrance boxes displayed and reflected multiple times throughout this gallery-space, the overall effect is kaleidoscopic.

Additional features include: The centerpiece curved lacquer-lipstick-red bar and checkout desk, a 16-foot-oblong consultation and custom blending table, huge crystal chandeliers, several encased in openwork iron gyres and matching standing lamps. There’s also a mirrored library, a darkened recess with its own vanity stool for perusing the range of Swarovski crystal-studded bottles; and a candle table. On the back wall, a banner depicting a Berber woman’s face — an eclectic touch that is a beloved holdover from our previous interior.
 

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Founder of Pro-Line ethnic hair care brand dies at age 82

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

DALLAS — Leading businessman and founder of Pro-Line ethnic hair care brand, Comer Cottrell Jr., died on Oct. 3 of natural causes at his Dallas home, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was 82 years old.

Cottrell founded Pro-Line, a Dallas-based ethnic hair-care brand, in 1970.

As a former manager for an Air Force military exchange, a major retail outlet for the military, Cottrell saw a need for hair care products for African American servicemen and women and their families. He was one of the first to open the market for African-American cosmetics in military exchanges.

Pro-Line later relocated from Gardena, Calif., to Dallas. The company grew to be international and, in 2000, he sold Pro-Line to Alberto Culver for $80 million, the newspaper reported.

Considered a pioneer on several fronts, Cottrell was a successful businessman known for his educational philanthropy. Over the years he also forged numerous political friendships from City Hall to the White House, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Commenting on Cottrell’s death, Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and founder and chairman of the RLJ Cos., stated, “The country lost a great and dynamic leader in Comer Cottrell who built the Pro-Line hair care business into one of the top hair care brands for African-American men and women.  But to me, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), I lost a great friend, who, as a visionary and innovative marketing executive, became the first hair care owner to make the decision to advertise his hair care products on BET during its infancy.

"Comer and I became not only business affiliates, but more importantly, we became close friends. I learned a lot by working with Comer. He was a brilliant businessman, a strong advocate of minority business opportunity, and a committed philanthropist to his local community and to national minority organizations.

"Comer's legacy is well-known to his family and friends and I believe it should be shared with all America."
 

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