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Chambre Syndicale Releases Provisional Men’s Calendar

MEN AT WORK: Bar a few slot shifts, it’s pretty much business as usual for the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, according to a provisional schedule released by the Chambre Syndicale on Friday. Not that the week — set to run June 19 to June 24 — will be lacking in buzz. Hotly anticipated debuts include Virgil Abloh’s first men’s collection for Louis Vuitton, and Kim Jones’ debut effort in his new role as creative director of Dior Homme. As reported, Simon Porte Jacquemus will present the first men’s collection under his Jacquemus label in a yet-to-be-disclosed southern French city on June 25, the day after the week wraps. Brands missing from the official men’s calendar include Niuku, Icosae and Haider Ackermann, which on Friday announced it will present a coed show during Paris Women’s Fashion Week in September. Lemaire is also defecting to the women’s calendar for a dual show but will also be presenting men’s during one-on-one appointments in June. Maison Mihara Yasuhiro will be returning to the official men’s calendar, while Julien David will present his collection in a Paris showroom. Newcomers to the schedule include Sweden’s CMMN SWDN and America’s Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Undercover,

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Kao Revamps the Strategy for Its Cosmetics Business

TOKYO — Yoshihiro Murakami, the new president and representative director of Kanebo Cosmetics who assumed the post at the beginning of the year, spoke to journalists for the first time on Friday regarding parent company Kao Group’s strategy for its cosmetics business moving forward. He said the company will focus on building a new global portfolio of strong brands. In addition to Kanebo’s directly managed brands such as Sensai, Kate Tokyo, Suisai and Kanebo, subsidiary E’quipe runs the brands RMK and Suqqu. Kao’s beauty portfolio also includes directly owned brands such as Molton Brown and Curél. In total between Kao and Kanebo, there are currently 49 brands, making for what Murakami called an “unclear” portfolio. Moving forward, the international strategy will be to focus mainly on 10 of the brands that are strongest, have the highest earning power and have potential for global expansion. These 10 brands plus a new one that E’quipe will launch in 2020 will form Kao’s new “global 11,” the core of its global cosmetics portfolio. The 10 brands selected are Sensai, RMK, Suqqu, Est, Kanebo, Sofina IP, Molton Brown, Kate Tokyo, FreePlus and Curél. Murakami said that other brands will not necessarily be discontinued immediately, but that this

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