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On The Beauty Scene This Week…
May 25, 2016
  • From left to right: Pete Born, WWD; Claire Hobson, The Future Laboratory; Marc Rey, Shiseido Americas Corp.
  • Givaudan: An Odyssey of Flavours and Fragrances
  • Lori Singer, Coty Inc; Carlotta Jacobson, CEW; Kate Greene, Givaudan, at Givaudan.
  • Jill Scalamandre, Shiseido Americas Corp. and CEW Chairwoman with Catherine Walsh, WALSH HOUSE, at the Robertet event.
  • The Robertet event at The Met.
  • Marc Rey, CEO Shiseido Americas, made his beauty debut at CEW’s Global Trends Report event Monday evening. For those who didn’t attend, you missed a Q&A with the French CEO and WWD’s Peter Born, where Marc spoke on the challenges facing luxury beauty. He also touched on trends, such as our need to feel that we are benefitting emotionally from products, not only to look good, but to show off the effects to others. Kicking off the event was The Future Laboratory’s Claire Hobson. She presented a deep dive into the five key stages experienced between luxury and consumers. One that stands out is the rising number of consumers and brands who are responsible and aware, anchored in values such as ethical and community initiatives.

  • Two fragrance houses held events this week, inspired by art.

    • Givaudan celebrated the launch of its 232-page coffee table anthology, An Odyssey of Flavours and Fragrances. The book takes you through a journey of taste and smell, is visually beautiful with original photography, and looks like a good read with many powerhouse contributors.

    • Robertet, the Grasse-based fragrance house, held a private tour of the Manus X Machina exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show explores how artisans are reconciling the hand and the machine-made, much like Robertet applies both its French savoir faire and cutting edge technology to the development of natural perfumery ingredients and its couture fragrances.
WWD Beauty CEO Summit Recap
May 19, 2016
WWD Beauty CEO Summit Recap
The likeability of the WWD Beauty CEO Summit was very subjective. You’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask what they liked, what they didn’t like. Personally, I liked the mix of established and new brands. The three newcomers I liked the best: Coola, Skin Laundry and By Killian, all were great. Jamie Kern Lima of IT Cosmetics delivered an inspiring speech; their success wasn’t overnight. Estèe Lauder’s William Lauder and Shiseido’s Masahiko Utani spoke honestly about reinvention. Even though I thought I knew everything about M.A.C, Karen Buglisi Weiler is who brought the brand to life today.

It’s interesting how the theme of WWD’s conference was See Change. Be Change. The summit itself has changed: the addition of the emerging brands, the audience (the influx of investment and PE companies.)

One last thing: I was personally so proud that Jamie Kern Lima spoke about being discovered by QVC at the CEW Beauty Awards Demo, and that Coola said how meaningful the CEW Eco Award is to his business. It confirms what CEW is all about.

About Carlotta

Hello, I’m Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. The beauty industry is one of the most dynamic industries in this world. Luckily, I have the amazing opportunity to network with its talented movers and shakers, and attend many of its educational and charitable events.

We started @CarlottaConnected to give you an inside look at the beauty industry I connect with both professionally and personally. I hope I’m able to give you some insights and access with this blog—as well even more reasons to admire the leaders in our industry.

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