Catch up on this week’s industry chatter with these click-worthy links:
- For women over 40 looking for quality, wearable clothing, there is Hope—the new British womenswear label, that is. Founded by 53-year-old fashion veteran Nayna McIntosh, Hope touts a range of relaxed, elegant designs created for what it calls “real body shapes and proportions.” The Daily Mail’s Anna Maxted reported her experience attending a Hope pop-up boutique hosted by one of the brand’s stylists.
- A local newspaper chronicled the experiences of several South Dakota women who have built successful direct selling businesses. Independent consultants for Norwex, Stampin’ Up!, Young Living and Yoli shared their perspectives on the business model, from the role of technology to the importance of finding a mentor, pursuing personal development, and marketing a unique product.
- Retail Merchandiser magazine spotlighted Nature’s Sunshine and the company’s aim to provide natural alternatives to prescription drugs. CEO Gregory Probert discusses the health firm’s pioneering work in herb encapsulation, commitment to research, and strategy to enter China through a joint venture with Fosun Pharma.
- Following up on last week’s interview with Peekaboo Beans Founder Traci Costa, who transitioned her kidswear label from retail to direct sales, Canadian Business explored keys to training an effective salesforce.
- In back-to-back video segments, ABC News went behind the scenes with both current and former Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants, as well as Mary Kay’s Vice President Recognition & Events, Laura Beitler. The women share what drew them to the beauty brand and why, in some cases, they left disappointed.