Magazine article Ebony

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Magazine article Ebony

Backstage

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IT was in 1942, in another America, in another world, that Chairman and CEO John H. Johnson founded Johnson Publishing Co.

And as Johnson Publishing Co. begins a year-long celebration of its 50th straight year as the publisher of the No. 1 Black magazines in the world, the company is still breaking new ground in communications and cosmetics.

Nothing indicates this better than the large number of new ventures the company launched within recent months. The biggest development by far was the launching of the new French subsidiary to sell Fashion Fair's high-line products throughout France, French-speaking Africa and the French West Indies. By moving from independent distribution to full control of its own French marketing under the banner of Fashion Fair S.A.R.L., Fashion Fair became virtually overnight the No. 1 Black-owned and Black-operated business in France. And in keeping with the high-line reputation of Fashion Fair, the French subsidiary has established offices on the fashionable Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore, with neighbors like Christian LaCroix, Gianni Versace and Hermes.

Shortly afterwards, Fashion Fair established a London office on fashionable Brompton Road, one block from Harrods department store. The new London office is responsible for department store operations in the United Kingdom and export operations in Europe and Africa. In London, as in Paris, Fashion Fair is sold in all major department stores, including Harrods, Selfridges and the House of Fraser Group, and is the largest-selling line in the Morley's Group. …

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