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Hermès Launches Beauty, Louis Vuitton Just Bought a Big Diamond



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Hermès Launches Beauty With a New Lipstick Line (WSJ. Magazine)
For the first time in its 183-year history, Hermès is dipping its toes into the beauty world with a line of lipsticks. Titled Rouge Hermès, the collection of 24 colors draws from the label’s archive of 75,000 silk swatches and 900 leather shades. Meanwhile, the packaging is made from the same metals Hermès uses for handbag hardware. Naturally, this makes the lipsticks a bit expensive. They’ll retail for $67 each, but refills will be available for $42.

“We wanted to do refillable so we could use more luxurious materials that had their own value,” says Pierre Hardy, creative director of jewelry and shoes, who designed the packaging. “The idea is a form that’s both simple and playful enough to allow it to be done and redone ad infinitum. It’s rare for an artistic director to think about packaging over a long period of time and not just a one-off.”

Rouge Hermès has been in development for two years, but it is only the beginning of the brand’s foray into beauty. Going forward, Hermès will launch a new cosmetics category roughly every six months (it did not confirm any hard dates). Eventually, a skin care line will also be produced. Rouge Hermès will be available in select boutiques, online, and in retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdale’s in March.

Louis Vuitton Buys the Second-Biggest Diamond In History (New York Times)
Louis Vuitton has just snagged a coveted uncut gem. The brand purchased the 1,758-carat Sewelo diamond (not pictured), which is the largest rough diamond mined since 1905, and the second-largest diamond in history. It is unknown how much the house paid for the stone, but the price is said to be in the millions. “Nobody expects us to put such an emphasis on high jewelry,” said Michael Burke, CEO of Vuitton. “I think it will spice things up a bit. Wake up the industry.”

The Sewelo was discovered at the Karowe mine in Botswana last April.

Gigi Hadid Dismissed From Harvey Weinstein Jury (Page Six)
Gigi Hadid will not be on the jury of Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sex abuse trial. The model, who told the court she believed she could remain impartial on the case on Monday, was formally dismissed this morning.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid (Getty Images)

Vogue Singapore to Relaunch This Fall (South China Morning Post)
Condé Nast is relaunching Vogue Singapore, making it the 27th version of the marquee title. Vogue‘s original Singapore edition had a brief run over 20 years ago, from 1994 to ’97. The new iteration of the magazine, which will be published by Indochine Media via a license agreement, does not yet have an editor-in-chief.

Hugo Boss Celebrates David Bowie
The ever-fashionable David Bowie has inspired a new limited-edition capsule at Hugo Boss. Paying tribute to the late musician’s style and drawing from his 1977-1979 Berlin Trilogy (which includes the albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger), the collection features t-shirts, a sweatshirt, and accessories. “David Bowie was a rebel spirit who lived life on his own terms,” says Bart de Backer, senior head of design for Hugo menswear. “This capsule is an opportunity for us to celebrate the impact he had on the world and the values that we share.” The collection is available in stores and online now.

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[samples] The thing with shea based products is that their texture can vary wildly so you really need to know what textures you prefer. When it comes to shea butter balms, I’m in the work-it-in camp especially for feet and elbows because the massage element makes you feel you’re really doing something for your skin.

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Shea can be quite reactive to surrounding temperatures, so more solid in colder climates and more liquid and soft in warm – if you like a very liquid texture, you’d choose a shea oil. I’ve been testing out the Whipped Shea Butter in the Serenity fragrance and the Shea Sugar Scrub in the Revive range. The butter is less whippy than I’d expect but saying that, it’s cold!! The over-riding scent is the typical nutty shea one with lower notes of lavender and ylang ylang. It’s really lovely – like a sort of holiday scent. I’d say it’s best for very dry areas rather than a whole body hydration because it’s not like a lotion, but I spent a happy time massaging it all over the backs of my hands, my fingers and my feet, all of which were quite silky afterwards. It’s so reasonable as well at £13 (annoyingly, sold out at the moment but there will be more stock to come) and you can also use it to bring your tattoos back to life with a skin sheen.

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It looks like ice-cream in the tub! The scrub is a huge blast of lemongrass – I see why it’s called ‘revive’ because it’s deliciously lemony. I’m not sure the sugar is in the right proportion to the base – I’d like to have seen more grains – but I can guarantee soft skin that feels properly pampered afterwards. It’s £18 and again, I’d recommend as a dry-bit solution rather than the full body treatment. There’s a good selection of products including body oils (all in stock) and that’s your preference, head to lemongrass.

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The formulas are all refreshingly simple (and vegan)  – for example, the whipped shea contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and that’s it so they tap nicely into the trend for less being more. At the same time, the shea is processed by a women’s co-operative in Ghana (where the entire range hails from) and packaged in recyclable plastic. The Geranium candle has been on the burn in my kitchen over the past couple of days and gives a beautiful blast of geranium that won’t knock your socks off but will just nicely wrap you. You can find R&R Luxury HERE with oils, soaps, lip balms and body creams.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.


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International Beauty Innovation Summit: Arizona, United States – March 2-3, 2020




The “International Beauty Innovation Summit” conference has been added to’s offering.

In an era in which consumers can buy anything online, the customer experience becomes more and more important to build an emotional connection and drive sales. Product presentation, for instance, can go a long way to stimulate purchase behavior. Successful beauty brands and retailers differentiate themselves through signature moments that are directly aligned to their brand. This experience should be consistent and seamless across all relevant platforms and often budding emphasis on experience provides a distinct advantage to smaller, more agile brands and retailers.

Join us at the next summit to prepare for these industry-wide shifts. We invite most innovative brands and retailers to share real-life case studies and learnings on the results of greater personalization, loyalty, seamless journey on and offline, mobile commerce.


Monday, March 2, 2020

08.00 am – Breakfast in Pavilion Room and Registration

08:45 am – Chairman’s opening remarks

09:00 am – TECHNOLOGY. Opening keynote: Experience the Future

  • Jennifer Tidy, VP Partnerships, Modiface

09:20 am – ASIAN AGE. How E-Commerce is Beautifully Relevant to Millennials & Gen Z in China

  • Terry Wang, General Manager, JD Beauty,

09:40 am – ASIAN AGE. The India Opportunity

  • Rishi Seth, VP International Business, Nykaa.

10:00 am – EXPERIENCE ECONOMY. Young, Bold and Beautiful.

  • Hana Ben-Shabat, Founder, Gen Z Planet.

10:20 am – Morning Refreshments Break

10:50 am – EXPERIENCE ECONOMY Managing Creative Disruption Through Collaborations

  • Donald Robertson, SVP Creative Director, Estee Lauder

11:10 am – CONSUMER TRUST. Let’s Be Honest: Brand Transparency and Consumer Trust

11:30 pm – TECHNOLOGY. Pinterest Master Class

  • Rachel Goodman, Head of Partnerships, Pinterest.

12:30 pm – Networking Lunch

2:00 pm – EXPERIENCE ECONOMY Interactive Brainstorming

3:30 pm – Afternoon Refreshments Break

4:00 pm – CONSUMER TRUST. Fireside Chat with Christopher Gavigan, Founder of Prima and Honest Company

  • Facilitator: Kelly Kovack, Founder, BeautyMatter

4:20 pm – CLIMATE. Attacking Disposability: Solutions to Our Single-Use Crisis

  • Tony Rossi, VP Loop Global Business Development, Loop, (TerraCycle Company)

4:40 pm – CLIMATE. The Climate Decade Panel

  • Facilitator: Jillian Wright, Co-Founder, Indie Beauty Media Group

5:20 pm – CLIMATE. Celebration of The Blue Beauty Award, recognizing a brand or product that is innovative in its sustainability and ability to make a positive impact on the environment.

  • This category was created in collaboration with Jeannie Jarnot, Beauty Heroes, a leading healthy beauty retailer and discovery platform leading the Blue Beauty movement.

5:40 pm – Networking Drinks Reception

7:00 pm – Speakers Dinner and VIPs Dinner

9:15 pm – After-Hours Hangout (not covered by summit organizers).

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

08.45 am – Registration and Refreshments

08:50 am – Opening remarks by Chairman

09:10 am – CLIMATE Win Disrupting beauty socially, environmentally and commercially

  • Tina Hedges, Founder, and CEO, LOLI Beauty

09:30 am – Elevating Brand Story Telling Through Retail Experiences.

  • Julien Bouzitat, VP, Head of Brands, Amorepacific US

9:50 am – EXPERIENCE ECONOMY. Best retail experiences that keep customers coming back

  • Facilitator: – Kelly Kovack
  • Participants: Aaron Chatterley, Founder,; Jessica Hanson, US President, Amorepacific
  • Hani Jabbour, Chief Operation Officer Beauty, Chalhoub Group, Muffy Clince, Director Emerging Brands, ULTA Beauty

10:30 am – Morning Refreshments Break

11:00 am – NEW BRANDS TO WATCH Keynote TBC.

  • Opening presentation by Brandon Ford, Chief Accelerator, Lubrizol Life Science

Most promising new brands to watch!

11:20 am – NEW BRANDS TO WATCH. Using Social Media to Create Community & Destigmatize Taboo

11:35 am – NEW BRANDS TO WATCH. Shaping the future of beauty

  • Grace Choi, Co-Founder and CEO, Mink Beauty


  • Jaleh Bisharat, Co-Founder and CEO, NakedPoppy
  • Curated beauty marketplace for wellness junky pushing toward transparency in ingredients and production

12:30 pm – Chairman’s closing remarks

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – NEW BRANDS TO WATCH. Tabletop exhibition opened for local consumers, media and influencers.


INNOCOS All-Stars:

  • Jennifer Tidy, SVP Partnership, Modiface, L’Oreal Company
  • Terry Wang, General Manager, JD Beauty,
  • Donald Robertson, SVP Creative Director, Estee Lauder
  • Jessica Hanson, US President, Amorepacific US
  • Brandon Ford, Chief Accelerator Director – Lubrizol Life Science
  • Christopher Gavigan, Founder, Prima & Honest Company
  • Jeannie Jarnot, Founder and CEO, Beauty Heroes
  • Tina Hedge, Founder, LOLI Beauty
  • Hana Ben-Shabat, Founder, Gen Z Planet.
  • Daniel Langer, Founder, and CEO, quit

And More Amazing Speakers:

  • Hani Jabbour, Chief Operation Officer Beauty, Chalhoub Group
  • Rishi Seth, VP International Business, Nykaa
  • Muffy Clince, Director Emerging Brands, ULTA Beauty
  • Aaron Chatterley, Founder,
  • Rachel Goodman, Head of Partnerships, Pinterest
  • Julien Bouzitat, VP, Head of Brands, Innisfree
  • Jaleh Bisharat, Co-founder and CEO, NakedPoppy
  • Grace Choi, Co-Founder, and CEO, Mink Beauty
  • KJ Miller, Co-Founder, and CEO, Mented Cosmetics
  • Laura Schubert, CEO, Fur
  • Tony Rossi, VP Loop Global Business Development, Loop, (TerraCycle Company)
  • Catharine Arnston, Founder and CEO, Energybits

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