An Unlikely Collaboration – Fragrance Du Bois teams up with Arabic singer to create ‘Life’s Treasure’ A Song for Oud

SINGAPORE, April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In what must surely be a world’s first, Fragrance Du Bois (a French perfume house and retailer specialising in the use of sustainable Oud), and Nadeem Nour (one of the Middle East’s best known and most respected singer/songwriters), came together to produce a musical enterprise close to both their hearts.

Nadeem Nour is a well-renowned Jordanian singer. The reason for his artistic name "Nadeem Nour" is that it is said that from the first moment you hear him, you can feel the light in his voice

Nadeem Nour is a well-renowned Jordanian singer. The reason for his artistic name “Nadeem Nour” is that it is said that from the first moment you hear him, you can feel the light in his voice

“About a year ago I was introduced by a friend to a gentleman from Iran who had just returned from visiting Thailand and Malaysia. While he was there, he discovered the agarwood (Oud) plantations owned and managed by Asia Plantation Capital,” said Nadeem Nour in Dubai recently. “I became fascinated when I learned that not only was much of the Oud that we take for granted coming from illegal sources — not only in the past, but also today — but that it was in danger of extinction in the wild as a result.”

“Having grown up in Jordan, with Oud being very much a part of my daily life, and that of my family, I felt guilty when I realised that like many others, I could have spent my entire life taking Oud for granted, without ever wondering where it actually came from. The thought that I may actually be part of driving an illegal industry was horrifying.”

Nadeem continued, “I became deeply concerned, and as I feel passionately for the world in which we live, I decided to do my own research and find out the facts. I quickly realised — after talking to friends, and doing some research on the internet and looking at several news reports — that we had reached a situation where Oud, in the wild, was soon to be no more. I also realised that I was not alone in my ignorance. Hardly any of my friends were aware of Oud in terms of where it came from, and the threats it faces. Like me, they pretty much took it for granted.”

Nadeem went on to detail how important Oud was in Arabic culture and heritage, further lamenting the fact that the source was often unreliable. International fashion houses and perfume brands are now putting Oud into their products in increasing amounts, creating pressure on future supplies of the mystical substance.

Agarwood, and Oud (the oil derived therefrom), is now on the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna), list of endangered species, and as such, all trade has to be legal, certified, and sustainable. Demand is huge, far outstripping supply, and only sustainable plantations are the way forward.

“Asia Plantation Capital and their sister company Fragrance Du Bois,” continued Nadeem, “are two companies leading the way in making this industry transparent and sustainable for the benefit of all users of Oud – not only in the Gulf region, but also across the world. I decided that this story had to be told, and for me the only way to tell the story was through traditional Arabic words and music.”

Nadeem Nour has been a rising star on the Middle Eastern music scene for several years since appearing in the Jordanian Pop Idol show, and has built up a loyal following for his beautiful singing voice, heartfelt lyrics, and the music he performs across the Gulf. Dubbed ‘Nadeem Nour’ by Tarek Al Arians, the artist has evolved to the point at which listeners can feel the ‘light in his voice’, from the first moment you hear him sing.

Fragrance Du Bois, Asia Plantation Capital and Nadeem Nour earnestly hope that the light in his voice helps to tell a story that we all need to hear, and that ‘Life’s Treasure’ imparts a vital message when it comes to protecting a species that could all too easily have been lost forever.

A video of the song can be watched here http://youtu.be/PsV0Ku4vWDU

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

CONTACT: Stéphanie du Ché, PR & Media Manager Europe, stephanie.duche@asiaplantationcapital.com, +33 616 361 108; Adrian Heng, Group Marketing Director, adrian.heng@asiaplantationcapital.com, +65 6299 1778

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Ever-Glory Reports 2014 Full Year Financial Results

NANJING, China, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. (the “Company” or “Ever-Glory”) (NASDAQ Global Market: EVK), a retailer of branded fashion apparel and a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider based in China, today reported its financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Full Year 2014 Highlights

  • Total net sales increased 25.0% YOY to $460.1 million
  • Gross profit increased 29.2% YOY to $122.2 million
  • Operating income increased 20.2% YOY to $21.8 million
  • Net income increased 52.4% YOY to $16.4 million
  • 2014 EPS of $1.11 compared to 2013 EPS of $0.73

Mr. Edward Yihua Kang, CEO of Ever-Glory commented, “I’m pleased to see our business maintain stable growth, while the macro environment remains challenging in 2014. In 2014, our retail business added two retail brands “Velwin” and “Sea To Sky”, which also sell women’s apparel but have different brand positioning than La go go. We believe the multi-brand strategy will improve our market share and expand our competitive position through the accurate positioning of each brand. In our wholesale business, we remain dedicated to service well-known brands and retail stores by providing a complete set of supply chain management. In 2015, we will continue to focus on high value-added solutions.”

Full Year 2014 Results

Total sales for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $460.1 million, an increase of 25.0% from the year ended December 31, 2013. This increase was primarily attributable to a 29.0% increase in the retail business as well as a 20.8% increase in the wholesale business.

In 2014, retail sales from the Company’s branded fashion apparel retail division, increased 29.0% to $244.7 million, compared to $189.7 million in 2013. This increase was primarily due to the increase in both new stores opened and same store sales. Ever-Glory had 1,201 retail stores as of December 31, 2014, compared to 960 retail stores at December 31, 2013.

In 2014, wholesale sales increased 20.8% to $215.5 million, compared to $178.3 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to increased sales in PRC, Germany, United States and Europe partially offset by decreased sales in United Kingdom and Japan.

Total gross profit for the year 2014 was $122.2 million, or 26.6% of total sales, compared to $94.6 million, or 25.7% of total sales last year.

Selling expenses for the year 2014 increased 30.8% to $67.7 million compared to $51.8 million last year. As a percentage of sales, selling expenses increased 60 basis points to 14.7% compared to 14.1 % last year.

General and administrative expenses for the year 2014 increased 32.5% to $32.7 million compared to $24.7 million last year. As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses increased 40 basis points to 7.1% compared to 6.7% last year.

Income from operations increased by 20.2% to $21.8 million in 2014 from $18.1 million in 2013. As a percent of sales, income from operations decreased 20 basis points to 4.7% compared to 4.9% last year.

For 2014, net income was $16.4 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, an increase of 52.4% from $10.7 million, or $0.73 per diluted share in 2013. Net income for 2013 includes approximately $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of non-cash income related to the change in fair value of a derivative liability.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of December 31, 2014, Ever-Glory had approximately $34.1 million of cash and cash equivalents, compared to approximately $27.8 million as of December 31, 2013. Ever-Glory had working capital of approximately $48.5 million as of December 31, 2014, and outstanding bank loans of approximately $60.2 million as of December 31, 2014.

About Ever-Glory International Group, Inc.

Based in Nanjing, China, Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. is a retailer of branded fashion apparel and a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider. Ever-Glory is the first Chinese apparel Company listed on the American Stock Exchange (now named as NYSE MKT) in July 2008 and then transferred to The NASDAQ Global Market on December 31, 2014. Ever-Glory offers apparel to woman under its own brands “La go go”, “Velwin” and “Sea To Sky” and currently operates over 1,201 retail locations in China. Ever-Glory is also a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider with a focus on middle-to-high end casual wear, outerwear, and sportswear brands. Ever-Glory services a number of well-known brands and retail stores by providing a complete set of services of supply chain management on fabric development and design, sampling, sourcing, quality control, manufacturing, logistics, customs clearance and distribution etc.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time which will be hosted by Edward Yihua Kang, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO, and Jason Jiansong Wang, Chief Financial Officer. Listeners can access the conference call by dialing # 1-913-312-1403 and referring to the confirmation code 7993658. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at the Company’s web site at the following URL: http://www.everglorygroup.com.

A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. March 31, 2015 through April 7, 2015 Eastern Time by calling # 1-858-384-5517; pin number: 7993658.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. (the “Company”) are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and the Company’s future performance, as well as management’s expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. The forward looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, market acceptance of the Company’s products and offerings, development and expansion of the Company’s wholesale and retail operations, the Company’s continued access to capital, currency exchange rate fluctuation and other risks and uncertainties. The actual results the Company achieves (including, without limitation, the results stemming from the future implementation of the Company’s strategies and the revenue, net income and new retail store projections set forth herein) may differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond the Company’s control). These statements are based on management’s current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements. Readers should carefully review the risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents that the Company files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

EVER-GLORY INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013

2014

2013

SALES

$

460,141,151

$

368,078,425

COST OF SALES

337,893,182

273,484,086

GROSS PROFIT

122,247,969

94,594,339

OPERATING EXPENSES

Selling expenses

67,729,492

51,772,169

General and administrative expenses

32,703,882

24,676,303

Total operating expenses

100,433,374

76,448,472

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

21,814,595

18,145,867

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Interest income

1,238,050

1,186,402

Interest expense

(3,269,464)

(3,005,579)

Change in fair value of derivative liability

294,000

Other income

2,060,007

745,322

Total other income(expense)

28,593

(779,855)

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE

21,843,188

17,366,012

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

(5,476,921)

(6,627,434)

NET INCOME

16,366,267

10,738,578

Foreign currency translation (loss) gain

(506,177)

1,910,255

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

$

15,860,090

$

12,648,833

EARNINGS PER SHARE:

Basic and diluted

$

1.11

$

0.73

Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic and diluted

14,782,320

14,778,080

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Natural Beauty Announces 2014 Annual Results

— Turnover increased by 15.1% to HK$505.8 million

— Profit before taxation up by 40% to HK$116.3 million and Net Profit up by 22.3% to HK$71.5 million

— Strengthen In Spa operations yielding strong same store productivity drove the growth

HONG KONG, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited (“Natural Beauty” or the “Group”; Stock Code: 00157), the leading professional skin-care, and spa services provider in mainland China, announced today its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2014.

For the year ended 31 December 2014, turnover of the Group grew 15.1% to HK$505.8 million year-on-year (2013: HK$439.4 million), driven by an increase in product sales as a result of higher store productivity in mainland China and Taiwan. Overall gross profit margin improved to 76.9%, as contribution from higher-margin products increased within the Group’s sales mix (2013: 75.8%). Profit for the year increased by 22.3% to HK$71.5 million (2013: HK$58.5 million). Earnings per share were HK3.6 cents (2013: HK2.9 cents). The Board recommended to distribute a final dividend of HK3.188 cents per share.

Despite the economic growth slowdown in mainland China, turnover in the mainland China market rose by 16.9% to HK$420.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2014. The growth was primarily driven by increase in sales of products, mainly due to the pilot-testing of “direct-own retail” management system to exercise better control over franchisees in order to drive higher store productivity. During the year under review, gross margin of this segment was up 1.8 percentage points to 78.7%. Turnover for the Taiwan market also registered growth of 7.9% to HK$80.6 million, as the Group adopted door-by-door management via franchisee differentiation to utilize company resources efficiently. Gross margin of this segment expanded 4.7 percentage points to 67.7%. The gross margin improvement in both mainland China and Taiwan was a result of higher sales contribution from higher-margin products such as NB-1, and lower promotion discounts during the year under review. On the other hand, sales in other regions, including Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia, decreased by 8.5% to HK$4.8 million for the year ended 31 December 2014, accounting for an insignificant 0.9% of the Group’s turnover.  

The Group derives its income principally from its network of distribution channels, including spas and concessionary counters in department stores. As at 31 December 2014, there were 1,364 spas and 14 concessionary counters. A total of 35 new stores were opened and 74 stores were closed during the year ended 31 December 2014.

During the year under review, average sales per store in mainland China grew 21.5% while average sales per store in Taiwan rose by 15.2%.

The Group puts significant emphasis on discovering the insights of consumer needs. During the year ended 31 December 2014, the Group’s flagship NB-1 products generated HK$217 million in sales, accounting for more than 40% of the Group’s total product sales during the year. With effective product line rationalization plan, NB-1 Revital series was successfully re-launched as home care product line in order to boost product sales and enhance brand loyalty. Among which, NB-1 Revital Sleeping Mask was well-received by customers in product efficacy.

Ms. Karen Chang, Chief Executive Officer of the Group said, “Looking ahead, we will press on with our prudent growth strategy to sustain the growth momentum while mitigating the escalating rental and labor cost pressure in mainland China. We will continuously implement “direct-own retail” management system with an aim to boost the franchisees’ productivity as our major growth driver in near future. We will enhance our operational efficiency by streamlining organizational structure, implementing a more integrated go-to-market process and improving cost-control measures. We will also focus our marketing and promotional efforts to drive more sell-through by franchisees. Leveraging our position as a leading skin care brand and spa operator in the Greater China Region, we strive to strengthen our competitive edges by implementing the aforesaid strategies, so as to satisfactory returns for our shareholders.”

About Natural Beauty Bio-Technology Limited
Natural Beauty is a leading beauty and spa services and products provider in Greater China. The Group principally offers tailor-made beauty and skin care solutions through its trained professional beauticians. The Group is engaged in research and development, manufacture and sale of skin care, aroma-therapeutic and beauty products, marketed under the brandname “NB®”. The products are distributed through a distribution network of over 1,300 NB’s SPAs and dedicated counters in Greater China.

For further information, please contact:
iPR Ogilvy & Mather
Natalie Tam/ Juliana Li
Tel: +852-21366182/ +852-21690467
Fax: +852-31706606
Email: naturalbeauty@iprogilvy.com

Ever-Glory Schedules Full Year 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call

NANJING, China, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. (the “Company,” “Ever-Glory”) (NASDAQ-GM: EVK), today announced that the Company will report its full year 2014 financial results on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 before the market opens.

The Company will hold a conference call with senior management to discuss the financial results the same day at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Listeners can access the conference call by dialing # 1-913-312-1403 and referring to the confirmation code 7993658. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at the Company’s web site at the following URL: http://www.everglorygroup.com.

A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. March 31, 2015 through April 7, 2015 Eastern Time by calling # 1-858-384-5517; pin number: 7993658.

About Ever-Glory International Group, Inc.

Based in Nanjing, China, Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. is a retailer of branded fashion apparel and a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider. Ever-Glory is the first Chinese apparel Company listed on the American Stock Exchange (now named as NYSE MKT) in July 2008 and then transferred to The NASDAQ Global Market on December 31, 2014. Ever-Glory offers apparel to woman under its own brands “La go go”, “Velwin” and “Sea To Sky” and currently operates over 1,201 retail locations in China. Ever-Glory is also a leading global apparel supply chain solution provider with a focus on middle-to-high end casual wear, outerwear, and sportswear brands. Ever-Glory services a number of well-known brands and retail stores by providing a complete set of services of supply chain management on fabric development and design, sampling, sourcing, quality control, manufacturing, logistics, customs clearance and distribution etc.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of Ever-Glory International Group, Inc. (the “Company”) are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and the Company’s future performance, as well as management’s expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. The forward looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, market acceptance of the Company’s products and offerings, development and expansion of the Company’s wholesale and retail operations, the Company’s continued access to capital, currency exchange rate fluctuation and other risks and uncertainties. The actual results the Company achieves (including, without limitation, the results stemming from the future implementation of the Company’s strategies and the revenue, net income and new retail store projections set forth herein) may differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond the Company’s control). These statements are based on management’s current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements. Readers should carefully review the risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents that the Company files from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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Fragrance Du Bois Is Proud To Announce Its Debut in TANGS Orchard

SINGAPORE, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fragrance Du Bois is delighted to announce its first appearance at TANGS’ flagship store, for a month, from March 27 to April 26, 2015.

Du Bois's welcoming perfume consultants will ensure that it stays true to its essential ethos; providing the same personalised service and offering the same comprehensive range of fragrances.

Du Bois’s welcoming perfume consultants will ensure that it stays true to its essential ethos; providing the same personalised service and offering the same comprehensive range of fragrances.

 

The "pop up", located at the Centrestage, is designed to replicate Du Bois's elegant flagship boutique in The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

The “pop up”, located at the Centrestage, is designed to replicate Du Bois’s elegant flagship boutique in The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Situated in the heart of Orchard Road — Singapore’s premier shopping and entertainment district — TANGS Orchard is an ideal place for Fragrance Du Bois to reach out to the burgeoning coterie of luxury shoppers.

Since its inception in 1932, TANGS has been hailed as a shopping haven for locals, expatriates, and tourists alike. With several department stores having emerged in the shopping arena in recent years, TANGS remains as the best established and one of the most highly regarded emporiums in Singapore today.

“We are thrilled to be right smack in the heart of Singapore, adding vibrancy to the city’s shopping hub,” said Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois. “This is a fantastic opportunity to extend our products to locals who might not know about Fragrance Du Bois. It will also be a great opportunity to give Singaporeans, and others, a firsthand experience of a niche perfumery, as well as the magical Oud oil which is used to such special effect in all our creations.”

She added, “TANGS is an ideal retail destination, as it boasts a wide array of brands that are known throughout the world. Our aim is to make Fragrance Du Bois one of those brands, and the association can only enhance our prospects for the future.”

Located at the Centrestage, just beyond the main entrance, the ‘pop up’ is designed to replicate, in miniature, Du Bois’ elegant flagship boutique in The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Adorned with its signature black and gold furnishings, the pop up boutique will also include Du Bois’ characteristic central feature — a fragrance table with cloches scented with a signature Du Bois perfume.

Despite the scaled down version of the boutique, Du Bois will ensure that it stays true to its essential ethos; providing visitors to TANGS with the same personalised service, and offering the same comprehensive range of fragrances that it does in all of its boutiques.

As part of its social media engagement, customers will have an opportunity to win a 15ml bottle of a Du Bois fragrance, when they post an image of themselves posing with one of Du Bois’ exquisite fragrance bottles.

Fragrance Du Bois is now carrying eminent guest brands such as Xerjoff, House of Sillage, Illuminum, Sue Wong, and Isabey, with more to come in the months ahead. It currently has boutiques in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok, and also operates fragrance lounges in Dubai and Hong Kong — in which the art of bespoke perfumery creates a truly intimate and unique experience for clients — with more planned for the Middle East and Asia in the near future.

Fragrance Du Bois will be available at TANGS Orchard from the March 27 to April 26, 2015.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

For further information, please contact:-
Samantha Tham
Marketing Executive
Email: samantha.tham@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile:
+65 9144 0933
Office: +65 6299 4998

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Email: adrian.heng@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile:
+65 9750 7440
Office: +65 6299 1778

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ASEANbeauty 2015: The Most Anticipated Beauty Exhibition in Southeast Asia Will Open Its Doors Next Month

BANGKOK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Thailand’s beauty industry is growing, fueled by increasingly sophisticated consumers, including the men’s market which is proving to be particularly lucrative. With 70 million potential consumers, the luxury goods segment continues to boom with a 24% increase in year-on-year sales. There are many opportunities for both international as well as domestic companies in this vibrant market, which values new and innovative products. A recent reduction in import duties in Thailand is also believed by the government to be attracting more foreign shoppers, as well as increasing domestic spending on cosmetics.

 

 

ASEANbeauty 2015 expects to attract over 200 exhibiting brands from different countries and regions including Taiwan, mainland China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand, who will join a host of global businesses focusing on the Asia region. Many of these brands will take the opportunity to launch new products and innovations during the event. At the show visitors can also take advantage of free conference programs to develop a winning product and business strategy to prepare for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 8 April, a Beauty Talk: Thailand is Ready for The ASEAN Beauty Market, with invited speakers from association and government bodies will share thoughts on how Thailand is ready for the ASEAN beauty market and how the AEC will impact the ASEAN beauty industry as a whole. Another highlighted conference not to be missed will be Consumers and Marketing Focus for The Cosmetics Industry in 2015. This will enable industry players to stay ahead with the latest trends, with brand new market data, case studies and insights. The presentations are free to attend and guaranteed to spark new marketing ideas.

The event will also present many live demonstrations and workshops on hair, nails, and make-up application and techniques. This comprehensive offering will help in bringing you innovative market knowledge and improve your skills and vision for your business in the future. The event is expecting to welcome over 8,000 trade visitors from across the ASEAN region when it opens its doors in April 2015.

Held at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok, Thailand, ASEANbeauty 2015 will run from April 8 to 10, 2015. This event also promises to forge strong networks of entrepreneurs for the future. Visitors can PRE-REGISTER from TODAY until April 6, 2015 at http://www.aseanbeautyshow.com or by contacting the organiser directly by phone at +66 (0) 2642 6911 Ext: 124 or by email at aseanbeautyshow@ubm.com

Notes to the Editor:

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 60 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

About UBM Asia in ASEAN (www.ubmasean.com)

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.

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CBME AWARDS 2015 is Now Open for Submission

SHANGHAI, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by UBM China, the annual CBME AWARDS recognizes innovation and excellence in the child, baby and maternity products industry, honoring companies and individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the industry. The Awards is one of the most prestigious events in the international child, baby and maternity products industry and is much anticipated by the trade community.

Stepping into its seventh year, the CBME AWARDS 2015 will continue to uphold industry best practices and celebrate achievements made in the global child, baby and maternity products industry.

CBME Awards Rolls Out New Category

This year, CBME AWARDS broadens the number of categories from 17 to 25. An entire new category “Consumer Choice Awards” is set up to recognize the brands with most popularity among consumers. This category covers the following awards:

  • “Consumer Choice for Baby Travel Gear”
  • “Consumer Choice for Baby Bedding and Furniture”
  • “Consumer Choice for Feeding Product”
  • “Consumer Choice for Baby Care Product”
  • “Consumer Choice for Educational Product”
  • “Consumer Choice for Maternity Product”
  • “Consumer Choice for Children’s Wear”

CBME AWARDS 2015 Is Now Open for Entries
CBME AWARDS 2015 welcomes all qualified brands, companies, products and individuals to submit entries. The Awards recognizes and honors excellence, innovations, leadership, corporate and social responsibilities and achievements made in the child, baby and maternity products industry.

CBME AWARDS 2015 is comprised of the following awards:

  • Innovative Products Awards – honors original patented products that have shown rapid advances and innovations in the industry in the past year. Categories include Best Baby Travel Gear, Best Baby Car Seat, Best Baby Bedding and Furniture, Best Baby Feeding Product, Best Baby Care Product and Best Educational Product.
  • Top Brand Awards – categories include Top Brand for Baby Bedding and Furniture, Top Brand for Baby Feeding Products, Top Brand for Baby Travel Gears, Top Brand for Baby Care Products, Top Brand for Educational Products, Top Brand for Maternity Products.
  • Consumer Choice Awards – acknowledges the most popular brands in the past year.
  • Top Retailer Awards – honors the industry’s best retailers in the past year.
  • Best Baby Store in Sales Personnel Quality Awards – honors the baby stores whose store personnel with highest score in “Best Baby Store Sales Contest Awards” held during CBME China 2015.
  • Best Social Responsibility Awards – recognizes the corporation and individuals who are devoted to social responsibilities to make impact not only in the industry but in the whole community.
  • 10-Year Industry Service Awards & 20-Year Industry Service Awards – acknowledges the contribution of corporation and individuals who have been working in this industry for over 10 and 20 years, respectively  
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – acknowledges the significant contribution of key industry player to the industry.

Deadline for submission is on April 20. All entries will be evaluated and judged by a “100-person judge panel” as well as the public.

Finalists will be announced in May and will be showcased at the CBME AWARDS Gallery during CBME China 2015 in July. The 20-Year Industry Service Awards, Best Social Responsibility Awards and 10-Year Industry Service Awards winners will be announced during CBME China 2015 as well. Winners for other categories will be announced during CBME China Annual Seminar this autumn. To submit an entry or learn more about the event, please send email to cbmexpo@cbmexpo.com  

For press enquiries, please contact:

Louise Kathryn Yu
Marketing Director
Tel: (+852) 2585 6101
louise.yu@ubm.com  

About Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) www.cbmexpo.com/en  

Held annually in Shanghai, CBME China is the world’s largest sourcing event for baby, child and maternity products. This is the perfect venue for you to meet buyers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in the industry.

About UBM Asia http://www.ubmasia.com/  

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

Asia Plantation Capital Showcases Pure Oud oil at Esxence 2015

SINGAPORE, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fragrance Du Bois, part of the Asia Plantation Group of companies, is delighted to announce its second appearance at Esxence, the world’s foremost luxury perfume trade show. This year, Fragrance Du Bois will be bringing its showcase stand to Milan, recreating the glamour, allure, and exquisite luxury of its boutiques that are setting new benchmarks around the world.

Asia Plantation Capital Showcases Pure Oud oil at Esxence 2015

Asia Plantation Capital Showcases Pure Oud oil at Esxence 2015

The showcase will feature Fragrance Du Bois’ innovative ‘Oud Trunk’, and will display pure and sustainable Oud oils, all of which have been certified as to source by Asia Plantation Capital and CITES, (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna).

The oils are used in all Fragrance Du Bois’ perfume creations, and are now being supplied to an increasing number of international perfumers and cosmetics companies. These include many of the luxury brands featured in Fragrance Du Bois’ international boutiques, as well as other brands that will be in attendance at the Esxence showcase, along with the growing coterie of Gulf-based companies and royal households.

Given the high value of Oud oil – with retail prices reaching in excess of US$250,000 per kilogram for the purest examples – a staggering US$5million worth of oil will be on display at the Fragrance Du Bois stand. Suffice it to say that security will be appropriately tight. 

“This year at Esxence we hope to help educate the industry into the value and importance of a certified supply chain,” said Gary Crates, European CEO of both Asia Plantation Capital and Fragrance Du Bois. “The ‘Soil to Oil to You’ story applies to all of our plantation species, and not just Oud. Currently, we produce patchouli, vetiver and rose oils, along with many other sustainable oils and resins for international markets. At Esxence this year, we are launching multiple new products, several of which are firsts for the industry. These include APC Essentials – a new division of the Group dedicated to working with large and small companies to supply them their own naturally sourced and grown products. This complements another of our initiatives, L’Essence Du Bois, which takes the form of an exclusive journey through the 52 essences of nature found in all fine fragrances.”

Crates continued, “We are also introducing a range of hand-made, bespoke, artisanal boxes that can be selected and customised for each of our fragrances, as well as a range of exquisite hand-made crystal bottles for our pure Oud oils, designed by the eminent creators of luxury crystalware, Cristal De Paris. And that’s not all,” Crates concluded. “We have also entered into a design collaboration with Swarovski for Fragrance Du Bois’ Shades and Privé range of fine fragrances, featuring a selection of bejewelled caps that can be carefully chosen by clients and tailor-made to their personal preference of the perfumes in all our boutiques.”

Oud oils produced by Asia Plantation Capital come with an unprecedented number of certifications and awards, including approval from CITES and IFRA (the International Fragrance Association), with authenticity and proof of source being further augmented by Product Safety Data Sheets and EU Import Permits.

Asia Plantation Capital is also proud to have been the recipient of a number of awards recently, being nominated as a finalist in the Sustainable Beauty Awards, a finalist in The Art and Olfaction Awards, and being named as Capital Finance International’s (CFi.co), ‘Best Sustainable Forestry Management Company – Global’, for 2014. It should be noted that Asia Plantations Capital’s products are Sharia Compliant, and to ensure the company’s commitment to sustainability, it guarantees to replant a minimum of two trees for every one Agarwood tree that is harvested. 

It has become clear that consumers of luxury goods across the world are becoming far more conscious and concerned with the source of the products they buy, and with, perhaps, more than 60% of the global trade in Agarwood still emanating from illegal sources, it is vital for companies involved in its use and trade to ensure that their supply chains are secure and legal.

While even current certifications do not guarantee this, with Oud now being one of the luxury oils that is most ‘in demand’ worldwide, it is essential that companies respond positively to the supply chains that Asia Plantation Capital (and only a handful of other suppliers), can provide. It has never been more important than now to accept that cost should not be a factor when illegal logging, smuggling, and environmental damage are part of the equation.

All visitors to Esxence this year will receive a warm and aromatic welcome at the Fragrance Du Bois stand, and the team there will be able to show clients the company’s extraordinary range of perfumes and back end sustainable supply chain products that help to deliver one of the world’s most sought after luxury commodities.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About CITES

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

For further information, please contact:

Stéphanie du Ché
PR & Media Manager Europe
Email: stephanie.duche@asiaplantationcapital.com
Mobile: +33 616 361 108

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Email: adrian.heng@asiaplantationcapital.com
Office: +65 6222 3386
Mobile: +65 9750 7440

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cle de peau BEAUTE of Shiseido Presents “REVERBERATIPON-Pavilion of Light and Sound” Designed by Shigeru Ban on occasion of 56th Venice Biennale Vernissage

TOKYO, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Shiseido Group’s high prestige brand “cle de peau BEAUTE,” will exhibit “REVERBERATION-Pavilion of Light and Sound” designed by Shigeru Ban, one of the most renowned architects. The exhibition will be held from May 8 (Friday) to May 9 (Saturday) at the Palazzo Pisani Conservatory, one of the most refined historical buildings in Venice, Italy, coinciding with the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale.

This project, by producing a pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, is a collaboration to take on new creative challenges and is part of the cle de peau BEAUTE brand’s global strategy.

Shigeru Ban was inspired by the “Lights of Venice” theme of cle de peau BEAUTE’s 2015 Autumn/ Winter Collection, and has created a design that is dynamic and has a delicate and sensitive visual presentation. Inside the unique pavilion space created with approximately 90,000 makeup cases, visitors can experience the mysterious light and shadows of Venice with a musical performance.

Images and materials from this event are available at the following site: http://www.image.net/cpb_venicebiennale2015

-Message from Shigeru Ban

When enveloping together a space using the minimum materials and power, a tensile structure is ideal. To cut out a space surrounded by the narrow historical facade of Palazzo Pisani, l have used acrylic sheets for the exterior of the pavilion, and allowed them to hang in a natural suspension, creating a parabola.

The first time l saw the makeup palette of cle de peau BEAUTE, the dark blue colors looked to me like a tile that reflects and absorbs light. So l’ve taken this palette and stuck them on both sides of the acrylic sheets, spaced in 9mm gaps, just like tiles. They reflect light, and make darkness in the interior and through the spaces between them, a wavering light which is characteristic of Venice, flows into the structure reflected from surface of the water functioned as a fixed weight.

When l stood in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pisani Conservatory, l heard sounds from out of nowhere. These sounds were not music per se, but rather a component of the unique environment of this space.

This is a space filled with mysterious light and shadows, and harmonious sounds. This is not makeup applied to a historical facade, but rather a method for drawing out the charm of the existing context.

-Exhibition Information

Title: “REVERBERATION-Pavilion of Light and Sound” Designed by Shigeru Ban
Time: May 8-9, 2015
* A press preview is planned for May 7 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Venue: Palazzo Pisani Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello
San Marco 2810, Venezia, Italy
Pavilion Design: Shigeru Ban (Architect)
Organizer: Shiseido Co., Ltd. “cle de peau BEAUTE”

Contact:
Yumi Oshimori
cle de peau BEAUTE PR
Shiseido Co.,LTD
+81-3-6218-6408
yumi.oshinomi@to.shiseido.co.jp

Grazia Zuccarini
Communication & Public Relations
Shiseido Cosmetici Italia S.p.A.
Zuccarini@shiseido.it
+39-(0)2-295081

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