The Copra Awards Lunch
The Roaring Twenties at the Copra Ball
Copra welcomed over 650 of the most influential Beauty Industry insiders to its annual Ball at the fabulous Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London on Thursday 10th November.
Pure Beauty talks to Debbie Trumper, Copra’s consultant and Camila Pascucci, the Copra Secretary about the inaugural Retail Consultant Awards and what we can expect from Copra in the future.
Meet the Retail Consultants
Pure Beauty talks to Anthony Lewis, MAC Business Manager at Beales, and Paris Cressy, Dior Counter Manager at Jarrolds, about working in beauty retail and what it means to be a 2016 Copra Retail Consultant of the Year Awards winner.
Meet the Buyer at Debenhams
Sarah Edwards, Cosmetics Senior Operations Manager at Debenhams, talks to Pure Beauty about her role and what she’s most excited about bringing to consumers in the near future.
How did you become the Cosmetics Senior Operations Manager?
I started my career with C&A as a Merchandiser, which gave me a good grounding in stock management and how to work front of house. I joined Debenhams 25 years ago as a Personnel Manager and after ten years, I found I had an interest in cosmetics. A role became available in head office to manage the staffing budget and I took it. Since then, my position has evolved into what’s become an operations role.
Meet the buyer at Boots
Pure Beauty talks to Julia Simpson, Boots Premium Beauty Buyer and COPRA’s new Chairman, about the business of beauty buying
How did you become a beauty buyer?
I’ve worked at Boots for about 18 years and have loved every minute. I started in the gifting team and have worked on a wide range of other categories, including food, health care and on boots.com. In 2012 when I was asked to join the premium beauty team I jumped at the chance, but who wouldn’t?
What specific skills and characteristics do you need in your role?
It is an incredibly busy time in the world of premium beauty so being able to juggle lots of balls is a must. You also need a lot of patience as well as great communication skills to ensure everything lands brilliantly.
Meet the Beauty Buyer at Escentual.com
Pure Beauty talks to Rakesh Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Escentual.com about the business of beauty buying.
Can you tell us about your role?
I’m the Founder and CEO of Escentual.com and still actively involved in buying for the business. I attend all of the brand strategy meetings and work closely on the selection of new brands and products that we will list.
What do you regard as the most exciting beauty launches over the past year?
The exclusive launch of La Roche-Posay Serozinc was very exciting. The PR campaign got lots of exposure for the brand and we sold out of the initial batch within hours. We had anticipated that it would do well but it exceeded our expectations. We re-stocked quickly to meet the demand and La Roche- Posay was thrilled with the response. We want to work on more exclusive launches, especially serum and oil launches, which have been huge recently in terms of sales.
Meet the Beauty Buyer at de Gruchy department store
Pure Beauty talks to Samantha Nesbitt, Buyer at de Gruchy department store, Jersey, about the business of beauty buying.
How did you become a beauty buyer?
I have always been interested in buying and retail. I completed a Consumer Studies degree and while I was working in a buying role, I completed a MCIPS through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. I started my current role four years ago.
Meet the Beauty Buyer at Harrods
In June’s Meet the Buyer article, Vesa Kalho, Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer at Harrods, talks about the business of beauty buying.
How did you become the Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer at Harrods?
I have been in the Harrods beauty department for over 13 years. I started on the shop floor and progressed to the buying office, first as a Beauty Apothecary Assistant Buyer and after a couple of years I was promoted to Beauty Apothecary Buyer. In February 2014 I was promoted to my current Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer position.
Meet the Buyer at Jarrolds
Q. How did you become a beauty buyer?
A. In the mid 1970s, I moved to Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk, having worked for Air France at Heathrow for several years. When my daughter started school, I started working in a small local department store where the owner decided to install a beauty department and asked me to head it up. After a while, I wanted to work in a larger, busier environment and took the role of YSL counter manager in Jarrolds in the late 80s. Fortunately, this led to the role of Beauty Buyer.
Q. What specific skills do you need as a beauty buyer?
A. An awareness of innovation and trends, a passion for the industry, good negotiation skills and the ability to be pleasantly tough! Networking and attending industry events is essential, and this is where Copra (Cosmetic & Perfumery Retailers Association) has been invaluable.