SCENT OF CUSTO: Word is circulating in Spain that Custo Barcelona has signed a deal with Barcelona-based Idesa Parfums to develop and distribute a line of fragrances. The first scent is expected to launch globally in fall 2008. The Spanish sportswear brand, with 12 company-owned stores in the U.S., is run by the Dalmau brothers, Custo (who handles design) and David (who helms production). They could not be reached for comment.
ART & COMMERCE: As the owner of Gucci Group, François Pinault's influence in the world of fashion is seldom questioned. But the French mogul is also the most influential man in the world of art, according to ArtReview, which appointed Pinault to the top of its list of the 100 most influential people in art for the second year in a row. Pinault, who owns Christie's auction house and runs a museum in Venice to showcase his collection of modern and contemporary art, is in august company, followed in the number two and three spots by U.S. gallery owner Larry Gagosian and Britain's Nicholas Serota, who overseas the operations of four Tate museums in the U.K. Pinault's French archrival, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault, another major collector, was named to the 40th slot on ArtReview's list.
SAVING THEIR SKIN: Though his deep tan might suggest otherwise, Marc Jacobs is passionate about the crusade against skin cancer. The designer and his business partner, Robert Duffy, were honored at the NYU Cancer Institute Gala at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Wednesday night. For the past two years, the duo has raised money for melanoma research with a line of T-shirts featuring the likes of Eva Mendes and Winona Ryder in deshabille. "I'd like to thank everybody who got naked regardless of what their agents, lawyers and managers might have thought," said Duffy to a crowd of doctors.