Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Tuesday 21 October 2014

COSMETICS

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin to enter beauty business with Batallure

Published: 14/05/12

Source: ©The Moodie Report

By Rebecca Mann, Associate Editor

INTERNATIONAL. Christian Louboutin SA and Batallure Beauty have created a joint venture to establish Christian Louboutin Beauté. The newly formed company, which marks Christian Louboutin’s first foray into the beauty industry, will develop and globally market luxury beauty products across a number of sectors. The first Christian Louboutin Beauté products are expected to launch in late 2013.

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Some things are just meant to be. News that iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has teamed up with Batallure Beauty to create a collection of luxury beauty products must surely have provoked just one reaction from his army of fans worldwide: “What took you so long?”
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“Twenty years ago I started what I thought would be a small adventure, which ended up becoming a company,” noted the iconic French shoe designer. “The beauty adventure is a natural extension for someone like me, who likes to empower women, and to be a part of creating beauty seems like the right next step.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with Christian Louboutin to translate his world-renowned creative vision into the luxury beauty world,” commented Robin Burns, Chairman & Co-Founder of Batallure Beauty. “Wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes completely transforms a woman and Christian will bring that same transformative quality to women through his beauty products.”

“Christian Louboutin understands how women want to see themselves – stylish, compelling and beautiful,” added Sam Ghusson, Batallure President & CEO. “We look forward to partnering with Christian in building Christian Louboutin Beauté into a significant business.”


“Batallure was a natural choice for our partnership. Not only do Robin and Sam have such great expertise in the beauty industry, but most importantly they share our values and global vision for the brand," concluded Alexis Mourot, Christian Louboutin Chief Operating Officer and General Manager.

About Christian Louboutin
Founded in 1991 with one shop on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris, Christian Louboutin today is a global luxury brand. The iconic red sole is uniquely identifiable and the signature of all Christian Louboutin shoes for both women and men.

Fascinated and inspired by the worlds of culture and showgirls, exotic travels and nature, Louboutin is described variously as an artist, designer and showman. His diverse passions influence his highly original product, store designs and collaborations.

Louboutin has topped the Luxury Institute’s annual Luxury Brand Status Index for three years – his shoes being declared the “Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes” and was recently named one of the “All Time 100 Fashion Icons” by Time magazine.

Louboutin’s shoes and handbags are sold only in Christian Louboutin boutiques and in prestigious department and specialty stores worldwide, as well as through the brand’s own E- boutiques in Europe and North America. The company recently opened the first Louboutin Men’s Boutique in Paris, which will be followed by New York and London later this year.

About Batallure Beauty
Founded by Robin Burns and Sam Ghusson in 2006, Batallure Beauty is a brand and business development company that creates “extraordinary beauty brands and engaging store experiences” for a select list of clients including Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Give Back Brands, Macy’s, Marchesa, Sephora and Splendid.

Batallure Beauty’s knowledge and experience spans global markets and distribution channels. Burns (Chairman & Co-Founder) has served as President and CEO of Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Estée Lauder and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Ghusson (President, CEO & Co-Founder) has operational, sourcing and manufacturing expertise. He has held executive positions in supply chain management at Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Elizabeth Arden, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Bath & Body Works and Gryphon Development.