Beauty Interviews

Claire Shread

The Interview: Claire Shread, Co-founder, Umberto Giannini

Claire Shread is the Co-founder of the Umberto Giannini haircare and salon brand which she established back in 1998 in partnership with her late husband and renowned hairdresser Umberto Giannini. The pair met in the mid-90s when Umberto commissioned Claire, who at the time, was working as an artist painting large-scale nightclub murals, to design his latest salon. The rest is history, as the pair went on to became partners and have two children. In 1998, the Umburto Giannini product range was launched, featuring the iconic lipstick- shaped bottle, designed by Vogue Creative Director
Munnawar Chitsy

The Interview: Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Category Director for Beauty, including...

With its tongue in cheek product names, candy-coloured packaging and quality formulations that really work, Soap & Glory has become one of the UK’s most iconic beauty brands and has found a home in bathroom cabinets and shower stalls around the world.

Will it ever be easy to sell fragrance online?

Selling beauty online has always been challenging for brands and retailers.  Needing to rely on skincare descriptions, 2D colour swatches and customer reviews, can end in a disappointing customer experience and a returned product, which is problematic for the bottom line and for the environment.
Marko Lens

The Interview: Marko Lens, Founder of Zelens skincare

In 2005, renowned skin ageing expert Dr Marko Lens launched the Zelens skincare brand – a trailblazing marriage of botanical power and skin science.
Xavier Quattrocchi-Oubradous

The Interview: Xavier Quattrocchi-Oubradous, Re-Founder, Cosmydor

Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, luxury sustainable beauty brand Cosmydor has flourished in the past year, with online sales via its own e-commerce site up 50% year on year and sales via online stockists (including Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges) having boomed by 300%.
David Macdonald

The Interview: David Macdonald, Director of Communications, Global Brands & International...

A personal passion for wellbeing, health and beauty, combined with expertise in communications, finance and tech, has seen David Macdonald become a key cog within the workings of health and beauty powerhouse Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).
Anti Counterfeiting Group Phil Lewis

The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people's mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated.

The Interview: Daniel Kaner, president and co-founder of Oribe

The Oribe brand was born back in 2008, when Daniel Kaner, along with two partners including legendary hairstylist Oribe Canales, decided to go after an opportunity that they saw in the professional hair care category - to create a brand with a unique, boutique perspective.

The Interview: Arnaud Meysselle, CEO of REN Clean Skincare

In 2018 REN pledged to become Zero Waste by the end of 2021 - producing only recycled, recyclable or reusable packaging in a bid to create a brand that was not just Clean to Skin, but Clean to Planet.

PODCAST: Liberty Buying Director, Sarah Coonan

Sarah tells us how she uses consumer data matched with her creative flair to find unique brands to introduce to the customers at Liberty.

PODCAST: Cult Beauty Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Alexia Inge

Welcome to the latest episode of our Podcast series "The Beauty Edit" where we bring you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from the beauty...

PODCAST: Aromatherapy Associates Global CEO & Global Business Development Director at...

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Skin Science Adil Sarwar

The Interview: Dr Adil Sarwar, founder, Skin Science Clinic

The Skin Science Clinic was founded in 2018 in Knightsbridge, but moved to new 1,000 sq ft premises over two floors at 65 Connaught...

The Interview: Aneta Mortlock, Managing Director, John Masters Organics

Combining the power of organic and natural ingredients, John Masters Organics creates high-performing hair, skin and body products that are clean, cruelty-free and sustainable. In...

The Interview: Linda Jayne Pilkington, Founder and CEO, Ormonde Jayne

British luxury fragrance brand, Ormonde Jayne is recognised for its use of unusual, exclusive and exotic ingredients. Linda Pilkington founded the Mayfair fine fragrance...

The Interview: Chris Hobson, Founder, Patchology

Revolutionary skincare brand, Patchology was formed around the idea that truly effective delivery of great skincare ingredients, on the consumer's terms, is a game...

The Interview: Enis Anteplioglu, Founder, HAOMA

HAOMA is a certified-organic skincare brand, handcrafted by founder Enis Anteplioglu, that champions total transparency when it comes to the ingredients used within each...

The Interview, Sandrine Sylva, Head of New Products, The Solution

The Solution is a bodycare brand which is pioneering the use of active ingredients usually only found in skincare. Its five-piece collection of body...

The Interview: Alex Valbona, President of EU, Birchbox

Birchbox was founded in 2010 by Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, driven by an interest in business models within the beauty market and a...
Rebecca Saunders

PODCAST: Seekology Founder, Rebecca Saunders

Welcome to the latest episode of our Podcast series "The Beauty Edit" where we bring you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from the beauty...