Private equity firm acquires majority stake in Japonesque
SAN FRANCISCO — Private equity firm San Francisco Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in beauty company Japonesque.
“We were seeking a partner to help Japonesque fully capitalize on the recent expansion of our distribution channels and the increasing demand for our beauty program. Given SFEP's proven track record of working with consumer growth companies at a similar stage of development such as Method Home, Yes To, and ICU Eyewear, they were an obvious choice for Japonesque,” stated Karen McKay, president and CEO of Japonesque.
“Japonesque has experienced tremendous growth over recent years,” added Scott Potter, managing partner at San Francisco Equity Partners. “Karen and Japonesque are recognized leaders in the beauty category and we look forward to providing Karen with the financial, strategic and operational support to capture the exponential growth opportunities in front of the company.”
Japonesque’s beauty products are inspired by the professional makeup tools used in Kabuki theatre in Japan. Japonesque’s product line includes makeup brushes, eyelash curlers, tweezers, makeup cases and other beauty accessories. The company has recently launched into color cosmetics. Japonesque products can be found at retailers in the prestige beauty, drug, and mass channels.
Emerson Group builds for the future with executive moves
"Roger brings 30 years of leadership and industry experience," Emerson wrote. "He is currently operating unit head/general manager of Novartis Consumer Health in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Prior to this role, he was head of sales for Novartis OTC, Americas. In 2011, as general manager of Genomma Lab, US, he helped build them into the $100 million U.S. operation they are today. He started his CPG career in 1985 with Wyeth Consumer Healthcare after graduating from the University of Tennessee," he noted. "We are privileged to have Roger, his wife Barbara, and sons, Ross and Kyle, join the Emerson family."
Australian tooth whitening brand hits the U.S.
NEW YORK — White Glo, a leading tooth whitening brand in Australia, has now debuted in the United States.
The White Glo line is comprised of three toothpastes to address different lifestyle factors that can cause staining and discoloration. All of the products are peroxide-free and use micro-polishing particles — a proprietary, low-abrasion blend of natural ingredients, such as calcium carbonate, silica and titanium dioxide — to lift stains, in tandem with the X-Action Whitening Toothbrush included free in each pack. The anti-stain brush has extra-condensed bristles and a suction cup handle for hygienic upright storage between uses. As a bonus, each carton also contains a pocket-sized pack of dental flosser picks, creating a total at-home oral care system for $5.99 per pack.
The White Glo products include White Glo Professional Choice Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste, White Glo Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula, White Glo Smokers Formula and White Glo 2-in-1 with Mouthwash. There’s also the White Glo Express Whitening System that features a mouth tray and gel system for $19.99.