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J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez
Type Corporation
Industry Sweetface Fashion
Lancaster (Coty, Inc.)
Founded 1998 (1998)
Founders Jennifer Lopez
Headquarters United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Jennifer Lopez
Andy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
Products Consumer goods
Divisions Glow by J.Lo

J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez is an American lifestyle brand founded by Jennifer Lopez in 2001.

The line became a large success in the United States and international markets.[1] The line appealed to Latin people and fans of Lopez.[2]

History[edit]

Conception and launch[edit]

On April 2, 1998 it was announced that Lopez would be launching a clothing line, entitled J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, in time for the holiday season. The line, which would eventually also include eyewear, swimwear, accessories and a fragrance, was to be backed up by an investment group led by Andy Hilfiger and Larry Stemmerman.[3] During the conference, Lopez was quoted as saying that: "it's time for the world to wear my look."[3]

Lopez told reporters that designing clothing was a childhood dream come true, "Even before i learned to dance and sing and act in films, i was just redesigning clothes. I found that there was not exactly what I needed that fit me at the time [...] From the time I was little I would get a whacked pair of pants, really cheap, cut them up and make a beautiful tiny mini skirt out of them because I was on a lower budget at the time [...] I'd get just a plain sweatshirt and I'd make suspenders out of it by (cutting) off the sleeves, or I'd get a little pair of my pants for my birthday and I'd open them up, sew them together, cut them off, and I'd have a really cute little pink mini skirt, or something. I'd rip off the Smurf pockets."[4] Lopez made clear a main incentive for her fashion line, to fit women who had issues like her finding the right clothes "I find it is difficult for women who are curvaceous to find clothes in stores that fit. The voluptuous woman is almost ignored. I want to offer clothes that are wonderfully designed and will fit women of all sizes. Everybody gets to be sexy."[4]

Lopez officially announced and launched a lifestyle brand, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez in April 2001; she introduced it as not only a fashion line, but as something that would also include many different types of clothing for young and older women, including swimwear, fragrances, eyewear, jewelry, hats, gloves, and scarves, outerwear, handbags, lingerie, bed sheets, decorative pillows, watches and footwear.[5][6]

Sweetface Fashion[edit]

Sweetface Fashion, an organization owned by Andy Hilfiger, primarily owns J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez's fashion line (however does not have connection to its fragrances). Denise Seegal, the president of the Sweetface Company, said of the company "Our goal as a lifestyle brand is to dress our consumers from head-to-toe with products inspired by Jennifer, and lingerie will be an integral part of the J. Lo look."[7] In 2003, Sweetface Fashion which owns the J.Lo By Jennifer Lopez line was bought out by Tommy Hilfiger, Andy Hilfiger's brother, and Lopez's partner in Sweetface Fashion.[8]

In 2007, it was announced that Lopez was drop the J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez brand and begin selling a new line in the United States, "JustSweet", using the same company as the one she used for the J.Lo line.[9] "JustSweet" was put to rest, and later confirmed closed down.[10][11]

Products[edit]

The line was described by Lopez as affordable, with prices ranging from $20 for smaller items to over $800.[4]

The garments from the line are a reminiscent of what the public has seen Lopez wear previously, including her outfits in movies and music videos; however did not include pieces like her highly publicized "out of this world" Green Versace Dress.[4] Lopez said she hoped the line would appeal to adults and teens.[4] A swimsuit collection was made available, designed by Lopez herself.[12] In 2003, Lopez signed a deal with the Warnaco Group to manufacture and sell a new lingerie collection including underwear, lounge-wear and sleepwear; Joe Gromek, the president and chief executive officer of the Warnaco Group stated ""Jennifer's femininity and signature style have made her a fashion icon and we are confident that JLO Lingerie will bring some new excitement to intimate apparel."[13] The J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez line spawned another minor line, a sportswear line for Girls, "The J.Lo Girls Collection". It was inspired by Lopez's fashion and made into sporting clothes such as key pieces novelty tops, shorts, skirts and bottoms, denim sportswear jackets and jeans.[14]

Glow for Women[edit]

In March 2002, it was announced that J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez (Sweetface) was to go in business with the Lancaster Group (a division of Coty, Inc. to create a fragrance/make up line to be endorsed by Lopez, to be a part of the J.Lo line.[15] On the partnership, a Lancaster representative said "The products will be designed to reflect the inspirational, confident and desirable qualities of Jennifer Lopez herself."[15] Lopez said that the cosmetics line will reflect the brand, "I think people will find that this fragrance embodies the J.Lo brand's spirit, character, energy -- it is a true reflection of the modern, independent, yet passionate woman," Lopez said in a statement."[15] Glow for Women was launched in August 2002, as one of the most hyped launches of the year.[16]

In late 2002, her debut fragrance, Glow by J.Lo was released,[17] and brought in $40 million internationally in just the space of the remaining months of 2002.[18] The fragrance briefly faced a lawsuit with Glow Industries, which was ruled in Lopez & Coty, Inc.'s favor.[19][20] The fragrance has led a handful of flankers, and Lopez's 18th fragrance Glowing is the most recent.[21] It is the original scent's 13th flanker.

List of fragrances[edit]

Name Target sex Year of release Label Source
Glow by J.Lo Women 2002 Coty, Inc. [22]
Still Jennifer Lopez Women 2003 [23]
Miami Glow Women 2005 [22]
Love at First Glow Women 2005 [22]
Live Jennifer Lopez Women 2005 [22]
Glow After Dark Women 2006 [22]
Deseo Women 2008 [22]
Deseo for Men Men 2008 [22]
Deseo Forever Women 2008 [24]
Live Platinum Women 2005 [22]
Sunkissed Glow Women 2009 [22]
My Glow Women 2009 [22]
Blue Glow Women 2010 [22]
Love and Glamour Women 2010 [22]
L.A. Glow Women 2011 [22]
Love & Light Women 2011` [22]
Glowing Women 2012 [22]

Impact[edit]

A year after the line's official launch by 2003, Lopez had already sold $175M worth of products in the U.S.[13] Jeffrey Peterson, Quepasa Chairman and Founder said "In a similar way to how Quepasa pioneered the Hispanic Internet on a national level in the United States during the late 90's, Jennifer Lopez started the trend of celebrity fashion brands in 2001. This is a perfect example of how the strong Quepasa brand can be leveraged in an online product launch to a new audience."[25]

Controversy[edit]

Lopez's frequent use of animal fur in her clothing lines has brought the scorn of people concerned with animal rights.[26] At the Los Angeles premiere of Monster-in-Law, more than 100 protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held a demonstration to highlight their concerns.[27] Director of marketing, Charlie Ross said "Jennifer Lopez is a great lover of fur. She is always photographed wearing fur and it was a material she loves and wanted to use. Sweetface is a luxury label and Jennifer wanted her furs. She told me her favourite piece in the collection is a fabulous bleached silver fox coat with strips of the fox stitched onto a chiffon back."[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wexler Knight, Kathryn (March 20, 2004). "Retailers banking on Hispanic celebrities". 
  3. ^ a b Silverman, Stephen (April 2, 1998). "J.Lo Unveils Clothes Line". People Magazine. Retrieved 4-3-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  5. ^ "Multimillion-dollar venture parlays megastar's brand appeal with trendy, affordable styles". February 1, 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ Nick Galvin (October 4, 2003). "Exchanging vowels". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  7. ^ Moss, Corey (November 13, 2003). "J. Lo's Panties Can Now Be Yours". MTV. Retrieved 2-3-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  9. ^ Suzanne D'Amato (January 28, 2007). "Style Stars". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  10. ^ "Jennifer Lopez's line on 'hiatus'". (monstersandcritics.com). June 25, 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
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  12. ^ Silverman, Stephen (July 17, 2001). "J.Lo Jumps Into the Pool, Clothed". People Magazine. Retrieved 4-3-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ a b Silverman, Stephen (November 14, 2003). "J.Lo's Lingerie to Go Public Next Fall". People Magazine. Retrieved 4-3-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "USA: J.Lo Girls Signs Licensing Deal With Parigi". Just Style. December 11, 2001. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
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  16. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=OMYgAQAAMAAJ&q=glow+for+women+jennifer+lopez&dq=glow+for+women+jennifer+lopez&hl=en&sa=X&ei=__jwT92YOsfTqAGM5Z37AQ&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAQ
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  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen (July 23, 2003). "J.Lo to Launch a Second Perfume Scent". People Magazine. Retrieved 4-3-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 20, 2002. p. 16.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help);
  20. ^ Silverman, Stephen (December 20, 2002). "J.Lo Still Glowing, Despite Lawsuit". People. Retrieved 2012-3-3.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  21. ^ Palomares, Sugey. "J.Lo Says New Perfume ‘Glowing’ Is "A Step Beyond Glow"". Latina. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o R.McLaren. "Jennifer Lopez Fragrance Guide". Stealtheirstyle.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  23. ^ "IT MAKES SCENTS, POP STARS IMMERSED IN DEVELOPING PERFUMES". Lexington Herald-Leader. October 21, 2004. 
  24. ^ Deseo Forever Jennifer Lopez perfume - a fragrance for women 2008
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  26. ^ "For the record". MTV. March 10, 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  27. ^ "PETA's provocative protests". Life. May 2, 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  28. ^ Sherwood, James (February 15, 2005). "JLo as design diva?; Lopez reaches for fashion credibility". The Spectator. 

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