3 posts tagged "Jeff Koons"
Kiehl’s has always been one of our go-tos for simple, super-effective skincare solutions, but the New York apothecary brand-turned-international success story has become equally adept at the high profile collaborations game. Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, and Chloë Sevigny are just some of the boldfaced names that have signed on as part of its charitable label initiative, in which limited edition packaging designed by friends of the company is slapped onto its best-selling products. American artist Jeff Koons has also been a supporter of the program, which donates proceeds form the sales of his designs to The Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. Koons has signed on again for the holidays, introducing a newly minted collection of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps that features an image of his iconic Balloon Flower (Yellow). The limited edition collection includes the classic body moisturizer as well as a specialized, scaled-down version of the skin saver with a gilded cap meant to reference the artist’s famous sculpture. One hundred percent of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of each item, up to $200,000, will be donated to the non-profit organization. If you’re looking for something to gift the gallery-hopping beauty fiend in your life, here you go.
“I’m so happy you’re in my neighborhood,” Justine Koons told Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s U.S.A., at the brand’s newly opened location on the Upper East Side last night. “Now I don’t need a passport to go to your store!” Koons and Salgardo had gathered a group of friends like Alan Cumming and Sky Ferreira to fête the fourth free-standing Manhattan location of the legendary East Village apothecary. In honor of the occasion, Kiehl’s made a large donation to the Koons Family Institute, which Justine and her husband, the artist Jeff Koons, run in conjunction with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
This wasn’t your average store opening. Kiehl’s was debuting another milestone in the form of a three-treatment-room spa situated on top of the retail location—the first of its kind for the company. “Three and a half years ago I saw this space and I fell in love with it,” Salgardo told us of the split-level, 950-square-foot spot on the corner of 64th Street and Lexington Avenue. “But I didn’t take it then. It was a question of when could we devote the time to get it right.” Divided into specific zones, the spa features an Apothecary Room, showcasing artwork from Curtis Jinkins; an Adventure Room, with wallpaper created out of images from Kiehl’s-led expeditions to Mt. Everest and the Mojave Desert; and the Rainforest Room, which displays artwork from David LaChapelle.
Oversize lab jars filled with add-ons like rosemary, arnica flower, ginger root, and sugar line the shelves in each room to allow aestheticians to customize the facials and body treatments that utilize existing hero products from the Kiehl’s line. That’s the major selling point with Kiehl’s expansion into spa. “Our customers like facials but they never get [them with] products that they like,” Salgardo pointed out. Kiehl’s male clientele also stands to benefit from its new venture, thanks to a two-chair grooming station that offers haircuts, shaves, beard and mustache trims, and brow maintenance. “Formula 133 is great for our beards,” hirsute designers Robert Tagliapietra and Jeffrey Costello said of Kiehl’s Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid. “And we’re ready for facials.” Them and everyone else. The spa is booked until September.
Kiehl’s Spa 1851, 157 East 64th Street at Lexington Avenue, NYC, (888) SPA-1851, www.kiehls.com/spa1851.
After the success of last year’s Earth Day celebrity-designed-label art series, which raised $100,000 for the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kiehl’s is at it again for 2010 with a new crop of green-leaning A-listers getting in on the action. The latest installment of its charitable initiative showcases full-sized bottles of Kiehl’s certified-organic Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist with adornment from the likes of actress Julianne Moore, musician Pharrell Williams, pro-surfer Malia Jones, and artist Jeff Koons. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition collector’s items will go to the Rainforest Alliance to raise funds and awareness for sustainable biodiversity. To add a little more boldface-name cred to the project, photographer David LaChapelle has shot a campaign with each contributing artist and his or her own design. The mists officially hit stores today, but if you want to get clear skin, smaller pores and do your part for the environment without leaving the confines of your cubicle, click here.