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BEAUTY

GIORGIA & JOHNS LAUNCHES COSMETICS LINE

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

10h
Italian fashion brand Giorgia & Johns has extended its range of products in launching its cosmetics line, Giorgia & Johns Biocosmetics. Made in Italy, the range comprises of products for face and body, including: an illuminating face cream, moisturising face mask, smoothing body scrub, bath and shower gel, cleansing milk, protective hand cream and scented water. Giorgia & Johns Biocosmetics is made with pure ingredients such as natural extracts and oils, products of organic farming and wild crops, obtained without the use of GMO, pesticides or radiation. The products are now available in Giorgia & Johns stores and online.

CASTO + DOWNS LAUNCHES

Launches/Relaunches

13h
This month sees the launch of natural skincare brand Casto + Downs. To ensure freshness, each product created is stamped with a batch number and expiration date. The line uses no chemicals or chemical preservatives, and only employs natural ingredients. Vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and capryl glycol are used for preservation. Products in the skincare line include Body Butter, a thick moisturiser that keeps skin hydrated; Blemish Bar, a handcrafted soap with containing blemish-fighting ingredients including charcoal; Lip Balms and Travel and Gift Bags.

LIFESTYLE

MICHELE MARIE PR REPRESENTS PAPERGOLD

Account Wins, PR

7d
Michele Marie PR has announced its representation of PaperGold. Due to a technological process, gold has been transformed into a paper thin bill that can be easily held, folded and carried. Currently available in 1/10th gram of pure 24kt gold per bill, the process begins with customized artwork of American symbols of power and wealth, then placed into a machine that deposits precise amounts of liquid gold on the film. Each bill is then placed between thin film and cut, before being verified. Pricing for PaperGold currently starts at $100 for 10 bills, with a $50 for five bill option introduced from October 17.

AMARA EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

1w
Luxury online retailer Amara has announced the launch of its French website as part of its international expansion plans. The new site will sit alongside Amara's current international sites covering the UK, United States, Australia and United Arab Emirates. It will be managed from the UK with a dedicated French speaking customer services team available to assist customers via phone, email and live chat. France is Amara's third largest international region following US and Australia. The brand has seen significant growth in sales and traffic in Europe since migrating from .co.uk to .com in 2013, and is currently looking into other European territories to continue expanding into over the next 18 months. The homeware retailer began as a small business based in the Essex countryside and has grown to offer luxury interiors worldwide.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO COLLABORATES WITH LALIQUE

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

2w
Luxury Italian footwear label Salvatore Ferragamo has announced a collaboration with French crystal and homeware label Lalique on a limited edition briefcase. The case forms part of the Lalique 100 Points by James Suckling collection, a series of seven stem wine glasses and two decanters created in association with wine expert James Suckling. The briefcase, crafted by leather artisans, is inspired by an early 20th century design and features black saffiano leather and a Ferragamo Red lambskin lining. The briefcase willl be available from Lalique outlets globally from November 2014, priced at €4,800 for the Red Edition and €7500 for the limited Black Edition.

MEDIA/INDUSTRY

REDBOOK NAMES FASHION DIRECTOR AND ART DIRECTOR

Appointments

6h
Hearst Corporation USA's monthly publication Redbook has announced the appointment of Jennifer Hitzges as Fashion Director. Jennifer has worked as a stylist for celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel and Penelope Cruz, contributed to titles such as Vanity Fair and InStyle, as well as styled ad campaigns for the likes of Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. Additionally, Petra Kobayashi has joined Redbook as Art Director. She formerly held the same role at SELF.

HEARST MAGAZINES USA NAMES EDITORIAL RECRUITER

Appointments

6h
Eliot Kaplan, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Hearst Magazines, has announced the appointment of Maura Fritz to Editorial Recruiter at Hearst Magazines. Maura was previously at RealSimple.com, where she rose from Senior Editor to Deputy Editor and oversaw beauty, fashion and health content, produced web-exclusive beauty and fashion shoots, wrote and edited e-newsletters, and collaborated with the print team on story ideas. Prior to this she worked as Editorial Manager at LIFE, Managing Editor of US Weekly and Men's Journal as well as Copy Chief at GQ.

AGNONA NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT NORTH AMERICA

Appointments

7h
Italian womenswear brand Agnona, part of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, has appointed Peter M. Taub as Senior Vice President North America, with effect November 1. Based in the New York office, Taub will report to Agnona CEO Alessandra Carra and functionally to Robert Aldrich, President of Zegna USA. His role will include accelerating the expansion of the wholesale and retail business within the North American market, in preparation for the forthcoming opening of the first Agnona flagship store in New York.