L.A., California Coronavirus News, Cases Grow, Lockdown Possibility – WWD

Los Angeles is hovering just beyond a second economic shutdown as the coronavirus rapidly spreads throughout the city and the rest of the state.

As cases in the city and county of L.A have exploded over the last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti, amid rumors he will be joining the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, on Monday night implored people to start again acting in many ways as they did in the early days of the pandemic, including mask-wearing whenever outside, stopping all unessential travel and generally staying at home.

“Stay at home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks, except for essential services and outdoor exercise,” Garcetti said in a press conference. “Assume everyone you encounter outside your household is infectious.”

“The situation in L.A. is the scariest it’s ever been,” he added. “Right now is the toughest moment we’ve faced. We have no reason to believe a worst case scenario can’t happen in our city and county.”

Although Garcetti’s words have the same ring as L.A.’s “safer at home” lockdown order from March, right now it is more of a strong suggestion than a legal directive from the local government. However, should the public not

Salt & Straw Releases Fragrance That Smells Like Their Ice Cream Shops – WWD

The nostalgic, sugary smell of an ice cream parlor has been captured and bottled by West Coast’s Salt & Straw. The popular ice cream eatery unveils a unisex fragrance called Whiff of Waffle Cone this month.

It’s a collaboration with perfumery Imaginary Authors, a fellow Portland, Ore.-based company. Tyler Malek, head ice cream maker and part owner of Salt & Straw (with cousin Kim Malek), and Imaginary Authors founder Josh Meyer are behind the creation.

Whiff of Waffle Cone combines notes of vanilla, heavy cream and salted caramel, as well as amyris (an essential oil), orgeat (a sweet syrup made from almonds) and Saigon cinnamon. Costing $28 for a 14-ml. bottle and $65 for a 50-ml. version, the perfume is available in-store now at Salt & Straw and online at There’s also a candle version, priced at $30.

“The fragrance is a natural extension of their respective missions to create products that tell a story or evoke a memory, sense of place or joyful emotion,” said Salt & Straw in a statement.

The fragrance is priced at $28 for a 14-ml. bottle and $65 for a 50-ml. version, while the candle is available for $30. 
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Jessica Henwick on ‘The Matrix 4’ and Her ‘Nancy Wu’ Series – WWD

Riding out much of 2020 in the “Matrix” world isn’t the worst coping mechanism.

“Oh, it’s definitely surreal,” says English actress Jessica Henwick, on the phone from Berlin, where the upcoming “Matrix” movie is shooting.

The 28-year-old arrived in Germany earlier in 2020 and got about one week into shooting “The Matrix 4” with Keanu Reeves, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2nd, Jada Pickett Smith and many more before they were shut down for three months due to the pandemic. Henwick went home to the U.K. to be with family before returning to Berlin, where she’s been ever since.

“I think when it’s still happening it’s hard to discuss,” she says of “The Matrix” experience. “But it’s been pretty insane. It’s a whirlwind, but I’m very grateful to be working in these circumstances and so grateful that we were able to come back to the film, because it was a big fear that when the lockdown happened that we might just stop altogether. So, yeah, I feel very lucky right now.”

Henwick has kept busy this fall, releasing two movies — the apocalyptic adventure movie “Love and Monsters” and Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” — as well as working on the

Changes Coming at the Helm of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield? – WWD

PARIS — Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield may be poised for a major shakeup in its top echelons.

The French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported Sunday, without citing sources, that the French mall operator’s chief executive officer Christophe Cuvillier and chief financial officer Jaap L. Tonckens could leave the company in coming days after recent big changes in governance.

A URW spokeswoman, reached Sunday, said the company does not comment on rumors.

Meanwhile, two U.S. banks have taken minority stakes in URW over the past week. Goldman Sachs said Nov. 9 that its share in the company’s capital had crossed the 5 percent threshold. Then on Nov. 13, the bank upped its holding and voting rights in URW to 11.91 percent. The transactions were made outside of the market, according to a filing with France’s stock market regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

Also on Nov. 13, Morgan Stanley Corp. declared it had taken a 9.62 percent stake in URW outside of the market, the AMF said.

Activist investors continue to drive change at the company, with a number of board members resigning from URW on Friday.

During a supervisory board meeting held that day — which included three directors newly elected on

Up-and-Coming Beauty Brands – WWD

With low barrier to entry, the beauty sphere is ripe with emerging brands. But these ones, which span wellness, personal care and hair, have caught the attention of the WWD Beauty Inc editorial team. Here, the brands we think you should be paying attention to — and why.


Arrae, Calm 
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Siffat Haider struggled for years with mysterious health issues, ultimately finding relief in a cocktail of supplements prescribed by a naturopathic doctor. The problem? The mish-mash of bulky pill bottles annoyed the 29-year-old Toronto lifestyle blogger and podcast host’s fiancé Nishant Samantray anytime they traveled together with a shared suitcase. “It was a ridiculous amount of stuff she was carrying,” he said. 

Two years ago, Haider conceived of a solution — a streamlined supplement brand that “was both efficacious and really targeted in a non-complicated way.” 

“I didn’t feel like anything in the supplement world spoke to me,” Haider said. “I had to buy so many things, do so much research, and anytime I found something cute, [my doctor] would laugh it off.”

Samantray, who has a background in tech, was in, and in March, the pair used their wedding budget, now postponed due to COVID-19,

Simon Reaches New Deal to Buy Taubman – WWD

Simon Property Group Inc. and Taubman Centers Inc. have struck a new deal.

Not long ago, Simon was looking to back out of its plan to buy Taubman. But on Sunday evening, the shopping center operators revealed they reached a definitive agreement modifying certain terms of the original merger agreement, including a new purchase price of $43 a share in cash, or about $3 billion, and other provisions to reduce closing conditions. That’s a significant drop from the original proposal in February 2020 by Simon to pay $52.50 a share, or $3.6 billion.

The merger is expected to close in late 2020 or early 2021. Simon and Taubman also settled their pending litigation in the Circuit Court for the 6thJudicial District, Oakland County, Michigan.

The modified merger agreement continues to provide that Simon will acquire an 80 percent ownership interest in The Taubman Realty Group Limited Partnership. The Taubman family will sell about one-third of its ownership interest at the transaction price and remain a 20 percent partner in TRG.

The boards of both shopping center developers, including the special committee of independent directors of Taubman, approved the terms of the transaction.

The modified merger agreement provides