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Elie Saab Inks Global Licensing Deal With Brands Beyond Beauty

The luxury fashion brand Elie Saab has signed a long-term global licensing deal for its perfumes and cosmetics with Brands Beyond Beauty. The agreement came into effect at the beginning of the year, and will see Brands Beyond Beauty handling the entire strategic and operational creation, distribution, online and offline sales and marketing of the Elie Saab perfumes and cosmetics lines. “The agreement represents an important milestone in the development of the brand in the beauty universe and a new chapter in its worldwide development,” explained Elie Saab in a statement. “The Elie Saab group and Brand Beyond Beauty’s top management will focus joint resources to bring new perspectives to Elie Saab Parfums and achieve stronger positions in brick and mortar and online channels.” The announcement comes ahead of the… . . . read more

Centric Brands Emerges From Restructuring, Acquires Taste Beauty

Centric Brands Inc. is back in action, announcing it has acquired Taste Beauty, a manufacturer and marketer of pop culture-inspired beauty and personal-care products. “We are thrilled to welcome Taste Beauty and its team into the Centric Brands family,” said Jason Rabin, chief executive officer of Centric Brands, in a statement. “This acquisition allows us to tap into an entrepreneurial, innovative and proven leadership team that, combined with our existing beauty division, creates the market authority resource in this category. It also further strengthens our bath and beauty product offering while expanding our entertainment licensing platform into complementary categories and properties.” Taste Beauty was founded in 2015 by Tom Crowley, Sabrina Vertucci and Alex Fogelson. The company’s products are distributed under its own brand, as well as a portfolio of licenses… . . . read more

Fashion Licensing Pioneer Ruth McCarthy Manton Dies at 95

Ruth McCarthy Manton, a pioneer in the business of fashion licensing, passed away at her home on Christmas Eve. Manton was also among the first female fashion journalists in the industry, but it was her innovative work after founding Aries Design Management that made her a force to be reckoned with in the licensing business. Manton’s idea was to link up top designers directly with manufacturers to create wide ranges of products, and to use media and aggressive marketing to get those products in front of the public’s eye. Early in her new career Manton concluded that reaching the mass market in America would require partnerships with celebrities, particularly those from TV shows and movies. Her close friend, the film producer David Gil, suggested Manton start by partnering with Jaclyn… . . . read more

Dolly Parton Inks Fragrance Deal With Edge Beauty

Country music star Dolly Parton has signed a long-term license deal with Edge Beauty for the creation, development and distribution of the iconic entertainment superstar’s signature fragrance, in a deal brokered by IMG. The fragrances will be inspired by Dolly’s own signature scent, with the first collection set to launch in Spring 2021. “Fragrance has always played a major role in my life—I wear my own combination of scents every day,” said Parton. “I am so excited to share this dream with my fans. Developing my own brand and scent with Edge Beauty has been an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to becoming a big part of the fragrance community.” The deal is a major coup for Edge Beauty. Parton is arguably the most honored and well-loved female… . . . read more

Health & Beauty Aids

Fragrance: Hit Me One More Time

Seriously scented news from Britney Spears/Revlon, Paris Hilton/Parlux, Disney/Scentsy, Chupa Chups/Foamous, and a new Kardashian lawsuit…


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Health & Beauty

Fashion Rumble in Eyewear & Fragrance

The Essilor/Luxottica deal is set to go through, and a flurry of new licensing deals in the fragrance space from players like Puig, Condé Nast, and Revlon…


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Celebrity

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

A look at celebrity-based licensing—up 1.9% in 2016 in the U.S./Canada—through the lense of one entertainment empire and its lawsuits…


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Health & Beauty

L’Oreal Ranks as Top Beauty Company of 2016

The top beauty company reached $28.60 billion in worldwide sales. Unilever was No. 2, while Proctor & Gamble slid in at No. 3 despite a drop in sales. In contrast, retail sales of licensed HBA products…


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Fragrance

Licensed Fragrance Back on Track?

Since we last looked at licensed fragrances, the business has certainly changed—and it seems that it might be looking up, at least for established celebrities and fashion brands…


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TLL Survey

Apparel Fuels 3.1% Growth in U.S./Canada Fashion Licensing—Global Growth Is Even Higher

For all of its challenges, the fashion licensing industry continues to post strong sales in the U.S. and abroad. Global retail sales of licensed fashion goods totaled…


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