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Target partners with 17 of the leading natural, organic brands to develop exclusive collection

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products. The nation's second-largest discounter has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. As a result, an exclusive collection of more than 120 items like non-aerosol air freshener and bleach-free baby diapers have been hitting shelves since last month.

Chanel No. 5 at stake as EU sniffs out allergens?

Europe's grand old perfume houses and organic cosmetic newcomers may be looking at a major clean-out as the EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies in up to 15 million people. A report by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) found three allergens -- HICC and moss extracts atranol and choroatranol, which give a woody bouquet such as that in Chanel No. 5 -- were "not safe", the Commission said. The three have been implicated in thousands of allergy cases, especially eczema, and should be banned from cosmetic products, it said.

Hugo Boss eyes Asia for one fifth of group sales: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German fashion house Hugo Boss <BOSSn.DE> wants its Asian business to lift its contribution to group sales to 21 percent from 15 percent by 2015, Chief financial Officer Mark Langer told Boersen-Zeitung newspaper. Langer said about two-thirds of the target should come from China, where Hugo Boss is taking over shops from franchise partners and expanding existing stores.

Hugo Boss signs up Michelle Obama dress designer Jason Wu

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hugo Boss has signed up designer Jason Wu, a favorite of American First Lady Michelle Obama, as the German fashion house seeks to sell more women's dresses and suits in the United States and China. Hugo Boss, mainly known for its suits for men, gets about 11 percent of its 2.4 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in annual sales from womenswear and has been looking to expand this area.

Reiss launches new men's and women's fragrances

The upmarket high street label is branching out into the world of fragrances with two new scents, Grey Flower and Black Oudh.  The debut fragrances from Reiss are set to launch exclusively at Selfridges and will appear online from September.  The scents were created by renowned London based nose Azzi Glasser, who worked together with Reiss founder and Managing Director David Reiss. Glasser has previously concocted fragrances for Nicole Farhi, Agent Provocateur and Illamasqua. 
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