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Serial brand creator Marcia Kilgore sells Soap & Glory to Alliance Boots

UK retailer Alliance Boots has reportedly acquired the beauty brand Soap & Glory for an undisclosed sum. Bliss spa and FitFlop creator Marcia Kilgore founded Soap & Glory in 2004 and since then the brand has become best known for its range of affordable bath, body and skincare products, which are sold in appealing retro … Continue Reading

Closing a deal without competition clearance may be expensive

This is the message that the French Competition Authority (FCA) reinforced when it imposed a €4 million fine on Bordeaux-based wine maker Castel Frères group in December 2013 for failing to obtain pre-closing clearance for its acquisition of 6 companies that were part of the rival Patriarche group in 2011. The FCA became aware of … Continue Reading

Juicy Couture founders want to buy back their brand from Fifth & Pacific

After selling Juicy Couture in 2010, founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor have been reaching out to private equity firms in search of an investor to help them buy back their brand.  Experts believe that the return of the founders may be just what the brand needs to regain its importance and strength.  In light … Continue Reading

PPR invests in another young British brand

French luxury group PPR has acquired a 51% stake in the British luxury brand Christopher Kane as part of a plan to accelerate its expansion.  PPR intends to distribute Christopher Kane throughout Asia and open flagship stores world-wide as early as next year.  There are also plans to expand the label’s offerings to include accessories and … Continue Reading

Urban Decay to be acquired by L’Oréal

L’Oréal announced on Monday 26 November that it signed an agreement with Castanea Partners, a private equity firm, to acquire the US make-up brand Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC — one of the fastest-growing specialty make-up brands in the US.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, which is expected by the end of the year.  The … Continue Reading