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Plenaire - case study. The State Of Fashion COVID. The lipstick effect. Mintel Portal. June in Growth as Stores Reopen. Period covered: June 20Published: July 14, 2020Read time: 1min Retail Sales Monitor Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, BRC: “June finally saw a return to growth in total sales, primarily driven by online as a result of lockdown measures being eased and pent up demand being released.
Despite footfall still being well below pre-coronavirus levels, average spend was up as consumers made the most of their occasional shopping trips. Computing, furniture and home improvement all continued to do well as the public invested in home comforts and remote working. “Though a month of growth is welcome news, retail is not out of the woods yet. Paul Martin, Partner, UK Head of Retail, KPMG: “June saw pent up consumer demand released, with total sales finally back in positive territory – up 3.4% on the same month last year. “Food and drink sales have continued to perform strongly, and June’s warmer weather accentuated that further. GDP quarterly national accounts, UK. There have been large movements in all types of expenditure in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2020, most notably private consumption, which reflected the implementation of public health restrictions, the mandated closures of non-essential shops and forms of social distancing (Figure 7).
This accounted for more than three-quarters of the fall in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter. Figure 7: There have been record contractions in private consumption, government consumption and gross capital formation, as well as large falls in gross trade flows in Quarter 2 2020 UK, Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020 and Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2020 Source: Office for National Statistics – GDP quarterly national accounts. Behind the brand: The rise of New Zealand-owned Syrene skincare. In a huge coup for the still-niche New Zealand brand, Syrene skincare joined the ranks of cult favourites offered by beauty powerhouse MECCA at the beginning of June.
The brand is 95 per cent natural and the brainchild of Karen Yang and Jo Gilberd, who met in New Zealand, and launched Syrene in 2016. MECCA’s creative director Marita Burke says their team fell in love with Syrene, and that a partnership was easy. “First and foremost, we loved that we were supporting a home-grown brand from New Zealand.
And then, of course, the product is beautiful. It’s packed with powerful ingredients, it’s light, it gently melts into the skin and the natural fragrance is very refreshing and uplifting. What were your backgrounds prior to Syrene, were you in the beauty sphere? How did you first connect and decide to create a brand? The Interview: Jo Gilberd and Karen Yang, Co-founders, Syrene. Inspired by the ocean, skincare brand Syrene is dedicated to reducing marine waste through using recycled ocean plastics for some of its packaging.
Founded in New Zealand, the brand combines science with nature using sustainable sources where possible. All formulas are rich in marine nutrients and infused with natural extracts including, seaweed extracts, manuka, honey, marine collagen, pohutakawa and a seabreeze fragrance that is 100% natural. Syrene uses recycled plastics from the ocean in some of its packaging and does not test on animals. Co-founders of Syrene, Jo Gilberd and Karen Yang tell TheIndustry.fashion’s The Beauty Edit more: Could you tell us a little bit about your background? Jo and I both immigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago and fell in love with the beautiful clean New Zealand beaches.
We were also inspired by the book ‘Gift From the Sea’ by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, when developing the brand. When did you launch and what was the response like? What’s next for Syrene? “Investing in the beauty of tomorrow” — Lancôme and Lotte Duty Free unveil Smart Store concept. The Lancôme x Lotte Duty Free Smart store puts digital at the service of customers Lancôme Travel Retail Asia Pacific and Lotte Duty Free have partnered to unveil the Lancôme x Lotte Duty Free Smart Store Concept at the retailer’s main downtown store in Myeongdong, Seoul, in South Korea.
According to the partners, the 520 sqm store ‘puts digital at the service of travellers’. It offers Lancôme’s skincare and makeup products along with a suite of contactless digital elements which include augmented reality and artificial intelligence. The new store represents the first-ever in-store application of L’Oréal’s Modiface or ‘Dream Face’ technology in travel retail. The Virtual Try-On tool is powered by AI algorithms that enable customers to try on Lancôme’s full-range of makeup products simply by scanning a QR code. Shiseido hit hard by COVID-19 but sees “encouraging momentum” in China and Korean travel retail. Japanese beauty house Shiseido yesterday reported a -34.4% year-on-year fall (reported) in net sales to ¥190.9 billion (US$1.8 billion) for the second quarter, driven by the worsening global COVID-19 pandemic.
Travel retail sales declined by 31-9% in the period to ¥23.9 billion (US$226.3 million) but Shiseido noted cause for optimism in a sector that accounted for 12.5% of sales in the period. The company reported “encouraging momentum in China and South Korea downtown duty free amid tough conditions worldwide. The growth in Chinese travellers to Hainan Island and an increased duty free allowance there from 1 July had accelerated positive trends, the company said. Among the key changes to the offshore duty free shopping policy on the holiday island, the RMB8,000 (US$1,129) limit for a single tax-free purchase has been removed and, crucially, 30 cosmetics items per visit can now be purchased instead of 12.
“Sales of IPSA and ANESSA also grew on the back of new counter openings. Perlego eReader. Layout. Limnia Araw. Layout.