CVS Bridges a Divide Between Health and Beauty
CVS Pharmacy is making a number of changes across its beauty department to support CVS’ bigger picture of further establishing itself as a leading player in wellness. The upgrades — found in 2,000 of its 7,800 doors — are designed to cement CVS’ position as a health-care destination, and to recover sales growth from its bold stand to stop selling tobacco products last year. Its efforts involve the addition of several exclusive brands, including clinical skin-care ranges that blur the lines between beauty and wellness. CVS has peppered the assortment with exclusive brands, including its existing lines such as Nuance by Salma Hayek, Makeup Academy and Essence of Beauty. The clinical skin-care lines include Skin+ Pharmacy, a range of dermatologist-tested products designed to treat skin concerns, such as acne and aging. In august CVS will add Jouviance, an anti-aging dermalogical line imported from Canada, and Wilma Schumann, a treatment-based line from Europe.
Ingrid Sischy Dies
Ingrid Sischy, 63, former editor-in-chief of Interview and a highly regarded writer on pop culture, art, fashion, entertainment and celebrity died Friday morning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from Breast Cancer.
As a photography and fashion critic of the New Yorker from 1988 to 1996, some of Ingrid Sischy’s milestone pieces were on Robert Mapplethorpe at the height of the AIDS crisis and the Corcoran cancellation and the first profiles on Miuccia Prada, Alexander McQueen and Azzedine Alaia. She served as editor of Interview from 1989 to 1998 with her partner, Interview president and publisher Sandra Brant. The duo created a chronicle of pop culture in the Eighties and Nineties that blended art, fashion, entertainment and celebrity through high-profile interviews and photography.
In 1997, Sischy was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and wrote cover stories about Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart, as well as major features on John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons and Jean Michel Basquiat. She also was an international editor of Conde Nast International with Sandra Brant since 2008, contributing to German Vogue, French Vanity Fair, Spanish Vanity Fair and Italian Vanity Fair.
Neiman Marcus partners with The RealReal to expand in-store consignment
Neiman Marcus is partnering with online luxury consignment marketplace The RealReal to provide luxury consumers with a simple way to consign their clothes. The new initiative will allow consignors to receive payment for their luxury goods in the form of Neiman Marcus gift cards with the added bonus of an additional 10 percent of the value. In this way, consumers can continue to use the gift cards to update their closets with new Neiman Marcus apparel while recycling older products back to the same store in the form of consignment. TheRealReal reported that 40 percent of their consigners were interested in the idea of receiving gift cards in lieu of monetary payments. The additional 10 percent that Neiman Marcus is offering will likely make the concept even more appealing. Through this partnership Neiman Marcus will be able to expand its established in-store consignment program from six to 34 locations. Additionally, sale associates will pick up the clothing, making the process as seamless as possible for the consigners.
Canal Street Counterfeits Inspired by Michael Kors and Tory Burch
Canal Street’s famous row of counterfeit handbag dealers seems to have gone more contemporary. The onetime go-to for fake Louis Vuitton bags is now more flush than ever with knockoffs of contemporary-priced designs from Michael Michael Kors and Tory Burch. The counterfeit styles sell for about $65. By contrast, their authentic counterparts hover between $150 and $300 each. To obtain a fake, one must now consult sidewalk salespeople who whisper “handbag, handbag” under their breaths to draw in the street’s slow-walking window shoppers. They do not have bags in tow, but will show a slideshow of merchandise to interested parties on their high-resolution smartphones. Once shoppers decide on a style, negotiate a price for the bag — and, most importantly, pay — the salespeople then take them to another location where the merchandise is held.
-Selicia A. Walker
Sources: WWD & Luxury Daily
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