Willow Growth Partners’ Deborah Benton On Fair Early-Stage Deals, Launching A Brand In A Down Market And The Metaverse

Deborah Benton, founder and managing partner Willow Growth Partners, an investment firm constructed specifically to support early-stage consumer brands, is the first to acknowledge she was part of a problem she’s now trying to solve. “I had...

Skyn Iceland Gets A New Owner, Gears Up For Global Growth Based On Nordic Wellness Positioning

Skyn Iceland has traveled into new hands. The brand is being restructured under a company called Skyn Holding led by Antoine de Larocque, formerly CEO of beauty and pharmaceutical product producer Pharma & Beauty Group, with capital...

Science-Driven Beauty Startup Seaspire Raises $3M To Create Sustainable Skincare For Women Of Color

Helmed by scientists Camille Martin and Leila Deravi, Seaspire has raised a $3 million seed round to finance a premium eco-conscious skincare line launching next year with products for women of color containing an ingredient...

Rosen Skincare Raises $2 Million—And Plots Its Eventual Exit

Rosen Skincare has raised $2 million from New Voices Fund to support its retail partnerships with Target and Ulta Beauty, and accelerate growth. Launched by Jamika Martin in 2017, the acne-focused brand is stocked at...

Livestreaming Beauty And Fashion Platform Buywith Raises $9.5M In Seed Funding

Buywith, a beauty and fashion livestreaming startup enabling hosts to shop alongside users in real time, has closed a $9.5 million seed round. IgniteXL Ventures, the global seed fund specializing in technology-driven beauty and wellness investments...

As Funding Flows Into The Wig Category, Marketplace Upgrade Closes $1M Seed Extension Round

Wig and extension marketplace Upgrade has closed a $1 million seed extension following its $1.7 million seed round in May last year. The new round was led by The Artemis Fund and Mercury Fund, Logitech...