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Tupperware To Buy Sara
Tupperware, the iconic food container maker, was reported to be in advanced talks to buy the UK-based direct selling arm of Sara Lee for around £400 million.
Although an agreement has yet to be struck, analysts say a takeover by Tupperware is more likely than a deal with a private equity firm as the synergies it could derive would enable it to pay a higher price.
Sara Lee Direct, which sells exclusive brands such as the cosmetics range Avroy Shlain, is thought to have narrowed the sell-off to two bidders, pitting Tupperware against an unnamed financial buyer.
As well as its online and catalogue operations, Slough-based Sara Lee Direct operates 240 shops, owns the Nutrimetics skincare brand in Australia and Mexico's House of Fuller cosmetics business. Mexico is its biggest market, accounting for about a third of total sales.
Direct selling tends to prosper in emerging economies such as China, Vietnam and Thailand, and these are seen as key markets for the unit. More developed countries present fewer opportunities for growth.
The sale of Sara Lee Direct, which generated turnover of about £253m last year, is part of a wider disposal program as the division's US-based parent looks to focus on its core bakery, beverages and household goods operations. An acquisition by Tupperware could give the plastic food container specialist a welcome boost after the company issued a profit warning last month.
Since the 1950s, Tupperware has been renowned for its living room parties, but the trend towards disposable food containers has taken its toll on the firm.
The clothing arm of Sara Lee, which includes brands such as Wonderbra, Champion and Playtex, is also up for grabs. The unit produces own-label lingerie for Marks & Spencer and also owns the Berlei and Unno brands.
Investment bank Merrill Lynch is managing the sale of Sara Lee Direct, which is run by its president Simon Hemus
Show at NYC
Once again Lingerie Americas caused a stir during New York market week
dedicated to the Spring-Summer 2006 collections. Lingerie Americas now in its third year continues to receive high marks from the entire profession
who welcomes the heightened attention the category is receiving.
Since its arrival on the scene in 2002, Lingerie Americas has profoundly changed the professional lingerie landscape. Inspired by its European
counterparts, it meant to energize the field and create a new truly American concept with international outreach.
Today it is the most visible professional venue for lingerie and swimwear experts in North America as attendance numbers and buyers’ caliber
attest. The fashion runway produced by A Suivre, which took place in Soho, off the
main venue, on August 1, was an enormous success covered by numerous international TV stations and trade as well as consumer
A total of 234 domestic and international brands with a solid reputation, knowledgeable sales forces, strong distribution and top expertise attracted
more than 2600 buyers (+3% from August 2004) to view the widest offering of intimate apparel under one single roof.
Foundations, daywear, sleep- and loungewear, hosiery, plus-sizes, special items and swim- and beachwear, a special unveiling for this category since
New York gets to discover summer fashion before any other market in the world.
Independent lingerie store owners with a single location, small retail chain
with a regional draw, chain stores and department stores buyers, online retailers and mail order catalogs from the US, Canada and major lingerie
markets such as Japan and Europe, all placed orders for goods to be delivered at year end.
Two specialized seminars drew a sizeable audience:
-Carlin, the international trend consultant presented in details the sources
of inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2006 collections and provided guidelines to
buyers for informed purchasing decisions.
-Susan and David Nethero, owners of Intimacy and expert bra-fitters demonstrated the importance of bra fitting, its impact on customer loyalty
and the role independent retailers have to play in the bra revolution.
Next to the main exhibit hall, the Best Sellers Lounge, sponsored by Montreal
Collections presented a selection of twelve brands, representative of Quebecois know-how: buyers expressed appreciation for
this special distinction aimed at raising brand awareness.
On Sunday evening, the Intima press group honored a group of retailers during its annual Awards ceremony. Five Best Shop Awards were offered
to professionals for their unique contribution to the field. The five categories are
the following: Reference Shop, Concept Store, Personal Touch, European Flair and Best of Intima’s choice. Four additional prizes
were awarded distinguishing the Best Shop story, the Best Public Relations, Best Design and
Best Talent Scout. Families and friends of the winners rubbed elbows with industry professionals and supporting brands
in a congenial atmosphere.
The highlight of the 3-day encounter was the much-anticipated fashion show,
which took place in the grand ballroom of the Puck Building downtown. 600 attendees, international TV stations and magazines came
to see this elegant upbeat production.
15 models, hair-styled by L’Oreal Professionnel, strutted and danced down
the runway to present a total of 126 outfits representative of 42 brands.
Swimwear, foundations, plus-sizes, sleepwear whirled around in a dazzling display of color and sound.
Rendez-vous with Paris sponsored by DEFI/La Mode de France opened the show and was followed by Rendez-vous with New York sponsored by
Lycra®: both fashion capitals serving as backdrop for a sensational display
of fashion. All professionals, attendees and the participating brands were
treated to a cocktail party afterwards.
Positive energy, significant business and stimulating fashion were the hallmarks
of this Spring-Summer session at Lingerie Americas.
Lingerie Americas will return to the Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion
on Saturday February 25 thru Monday 27, 2006 to present the Fall-Winter 2006/2007 collections.
Note: by clicking on the photo's below, it will bring
their web-site. or to their e-mail if no web-site exists.
Photos by Heather Briggs
Remember to tell them you saw
Joseph and Joan Sladkus stand in front of their new line of
packaged hosiery MeMoi, a division of Infinity Hosiery.
Ph: 215 321-8556
Jaclyn Marie, Patricia Osborne, Jacqueline Svagrik, and Peggy
Paliotta strike a pose modeling exquisite lingerie by Tia
Catherine Nolan, Lucia Corvelli, and LaVisha McCarden
of Lucia Corvelli take a moment to pose for the camera.
Nancy Duncan and Terry Buck are very busy helping customers
find the perfect items by Coconut Grove for their stores.
Daniella Simon is presenting one of her garments by Daniella
Simon to Sheree Clock of Merde Norman 'N More.
Sue Toomey and Mary McHale are holding up two of their
100% cotton PJs by Lotus with matching pouch.
In the Montelle Intimates booth, Linda LeJeunesse, Nick
Mott and Voula Koumoutsakis take a quick break to pose for
the camera. email@example.com
Ph: 514 383-3739
Amparo Sanches holds up an elegant knit with french
cross dyed lace
gown by Helen Sanchez.
HelenSanchezIntimates@hotmail.com Ph: 212 691-7374
Nina is modeling a very pretty garment by Lailides, whose
lingerie is designed specifically for sizes 30AAA thru 36B.
Tina Santoro is standing next to a garment from the Jacalyn
Bennett Lingerie Collection. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Erin Braxton booth, where you can find loungewear
John Capois holds up one of his robes by Fernando Sanchez
Ph: 212 532-5757
Sisters - Bridget Mohr, Allison Nemergut and Tiffany
smile for the camera in the Cotton Sisters booth.
The three sisters who make up Lavit, Vivi, Tina and Laura,
are donating 10% of their profits from the HOPE Collection for
Breast Cancer and Research Awareness. email@example.com
Natalie is modeling swimwear by Sauvage who is based
out of San Diego. firstname.lastname@example.org
Americas Show continued
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Volunteers Wanted to Test the Effectiveness of an Ultrasonic
Testers Will Receive a Free
written by Rodger Knights
I have persuaded the manufacturer of an ultrasonic dishwasher to donate four of his products to persons in the lingerie business, so they can test their effectiveness in cleaning “delicates.” (Its retail price is $349.) He hopes that the results will be favorable, and that therefore lingerie retailers, especially chains, will become resellers of his product. Lingerie retailers who sold the washers would benefit directly. And, if consumers owned such an item, they would also benefit indirectly, because it would eliminate the tedium of hand-washing (and be more effective)—which would eliminate the main “negative” to owning the more expensive sorts of lingerie. (There would still, however, be the tedium of having to run a “rinse” cycle in clean water after the soapy water had been drained. (But each cycle would require only seven minutes.))
Volunteers should apply for their washer to
email@example.com, including full contact information. We will "give points" to persons who are employed by lingerie resellers or manufacturers, and who are willing to give their machine a good workout and spend time writing an evaluation. Volunteers may also be asked to comment on points made in one another’s evaluations, and perhaps to perform special tests if problems are noted in cleaning a particular item or using a particular cleaner. These occasional feedback requests may continue for a couple of years. Volunteers might also be queried by potential resellers.
(One question of particular interest is whether this sort of washing has a lesser tendency to make white items get
gray and dingy over time. My hope is that this would be the case, since less rubbing and less use of a cleaning agent would be needed. It’s a pity that the lifetime of bras is so short—under a year.)
Ultrasonic washing agitates the water by injecting high-frequency sound waves into it. (Only 1% of the power for a conventional dishwasher is needed.) This agitation is so effective that no physical movement of the garment is needed, nor high temperatures, nor strong cleaning agents. These are all No-No’s for washing “delicates.” With an ultrasonic washer there is no need for a lingerie bag, nor for fastening a bra’s hooks. Not is there a risk of absorbing dyes from non-lingerie items in the wash, or of bending the bra’s underwires, or having them rub through the fabric, or of putting stress on a bra’s structure.
This vendor’s washer also disinfects what it cleans because it has a silver coating, and because it injects bubbles of oxygen into the water. Here’s a link to the main page of its website:
http://www.greenbison.com/washer/3d-soul.htm. For more information, click on the links at the bottom of that page.
The washer is small enough to fit into a kitchen sink, where it can be left in place for dishwashing tasks. (It’s turned on whenever it fills up.) It’s light enough (12 pounds) to be lifted in and out of a bathtub, where it could be used for garment-washing.
A Blonde Joke
A blonde guy gets home early from work and hears strange noises coming from the bedroom. He rushes upstairs to find his wife naked on the bed, sweating and panting.
"What's Up?" he says.
"I'm having a heard attack," cries the woman.
He rushes downstairs to grab the phone, but just as he's dialing, his 4-year-old son comes up and
says," Daddy! Daddy! Uncle Ted's hiding in your closet and he's got no clothes on!"
The guy slams the phone down and storms upstairs into the bedroom, past his screaming wife, and rips open the wardrobe door. Sure enough, there's his brother, totally naked cowering on the closet floor.
"You Rotten Creep," says the husband. "My wife's having a heart attack and you're running around naked scaring the kids!"
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