The Skincare Boom May Be Over. Where Should Skincare Brands Go From Here?

Even though Kim Kardashian is banking on skincare with the upcoming launch of her new brand SKKN, the skincare category isn’t where much of the action is taking place today in the beauty industry. As Larissa...

From Being Careful About COGS To Creating Unique Bundles, Beauty Brands Discuss Retail Strategies That Work

In the late 2010s, direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands bypassing middlemen, most notably traditional retailers, achieved success by amassing large customer bases at relatively low cost. Today, things aren’t as they once were. In an exceedingly saturated market, the costs...

Amid Fretting About A Down Market, Byredo Inks A $1B Deal With Puig. Is It Just A Blip?

With the United States roiled by economic volatility, many beauty investors, investment bankers, executives and entrepreneurs have been predicting deal flow and valuations will ebb—and their predictions could absolutely come true. However, recent beauty news has thrown...

Should The Spa Industry Fight For The Legalization Of Sex Work?

In March 2021, a white man killed eight people—primarily Asian women—in shootings at three Atlanta area spas. The man, 23-year-old Robert Aaron Long, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty and could face the death penalty....

Vietnamese American TikToker Vi Luong Is Speaking Out About How Brands Treat Minority Content Creators

Vi Luong seems like she’s having a ton of fun on TikTok. From showing herself in hot rollers (“I don’t look like George Washington”) to pretending to audition for “Euphoria” because “there are no Asian baddies” on...

Bridge Mentorship Participants Share Knowledge They Gained From The Program; Applications Open For Second Round

Brands can’t expect to receive funding if they don’t have a tight grip on their financial models and distribution strategies. That was a big lesson impressed upon the first cohort of Bridge Mentorship, a professional...