The Institute for Art and Olfaction, based in Los Angeles and headed up by founder and director Saskia Wilson-Brown, is only a couple of years old, but it’s already making waves on the growing artisan fragrance scene in the City of Angels and beyond. With the organization’s focus on everything from beginners’ workshops to large-scale art installations to annual fragrance awards, the IAO has a broad scope—and plenty of creativity to inspire and share.
Ian Ginsberg, president of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, discusses the history of his iconic business—and how it has remained relevant for 176 years.
For many the word “apothecary” may trigger romantic images of cobblestone streets and hand-labeled tinctures custom-made to cure ailments. But though C.O. Bigelow—the oldest apothecary in America—has its roots firmly entrenched in those bygone days, it has also admirably evolved and grown to keep up with the times. Today, the company continues to wow customers with its well-edited selection of products—including its own line and imports from around the world—a personalized in-store experience and stellar staff members.
Murad, the skincare brand founded by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, is scheduled to open the company’s first official stand-alone retail boutique in October 2014. The opening of the 1,500-square-foot storefront—which will serve as Murad’s Global Flagship retail location—coincides with the celebration of Murad’s 25th anniversary this year. The store will be located on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. Construction began the week before the Labor Day holiday.
Boca Cosmetics Group scores success with an alternative to in-salon keratin treatments: affordable at-home keratin systems.
A few years ago, when Claudio Correia, president of Boca Cosmetics Group in Boca Raton, Florida, noted that keratin treatments were becoming all the rage in salons across the country, he saw a perfect opportunity to expand his business. What if clients could perform their own straightening and smoothing treatments at home?