What’s Behind Once-Promising Retailer Beauty Brands’ Struggles?
In early 2014, news broke that Lyn Kirby, former president and CEO of Ulta Beauty, had joined forces with a private equity firm later revealed as TSG Consumer Partners to buy Beauty Brands from advertising magnate Bob Bernstein and transform the Kansas City-based regional retailer into a national force in the beauty industry. ...
IBMG And Douglas Partner To Bring Indie Beauty Brands To Europe’s Largest Beauty Retailer 
Douglas, a giant of European beauty retail, is taking a serious interest in the little guys. The omnichannel company is partnering with Indie Beauty Media Group, producer of Indie Beauty Expo, on a multifaceted program to strengthen its relationships with emerging beauty players increasingly grabbing market share from entrenched brands. As part ...
Bolden Enters Target As Part Of A Push Into Multicultural Skincare
Target’s inclusive beauty initiative didn’t end last year. To kick off 2019, the mass market retailer is revving up its multicultural skincare assortment with the addition of brands designed to address the demands of women of color, including Specific Beauty and Bolden. Bolden’s rollout into 200 Target stores this month follows the ...
When One Door Closes: How Victoria Health Filled The Gap Left By Phylia De M.’s Mysterious Disappearance
It’s a true horror when beauty enthusiasts discover a beloved beauty product ceases to exist. For retailers, impacted financially by the disappearance of a cult offering they’ve depended on for sales, a discontinuation may be even worse. Phylia de M.’s mysterious shuttering left Victoria Health, which had been churning through ...
New Retail Concept Showfields Unveils Downtown New York Destination For Digitally Native Brands
Showfields, New York City’s new four-story concept store, sits somewhere on the retail spectrum between a seasonal pop-up and permanent brick-and-mortar shop. Located at 11 Bond Street, the 15,000 square foot space kicked off Monday with its whole first floor dedicated to discrete physical outposts for digitally native brands.  ...
Growing Chain Buff City Soap Takes The Mystery Out Of The Soap-Making Process
Nothing comes between Buff City Soap’s manufacturing and its customers. The 14-unit chain takes soap production out of kitchens and factories, and into stores to peel back the layers of brand bureaucracy separating shoppers from the origins of their personal care. And its bare-it-all retail business is on the move with at least ...