In Review 2022: Most important beauty interviews of the year
2022 saw TheIndustry.beauty's interview series continue to bring inspiring stories, retail insights and conversations from beauty's most influential business leaders. As 2023 approaches, we've curated a list of our top ten interview picks from 2022.
Karen Berman on Just Around The Corner's new beauty and lifestyle zone
Earlier this year, Just Around the Corner announced the dates for its AW23 editions and the launch of a new zone dedicated to beauty and lifestyle. The new area will cover skincare, grooming, fragrance, wellness, jewellery and home, curated by industry veteran, Karen Berman.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Karen Berman speaks about Just Around The Corner's plans for the new zone, the type of brands that are signed up and what she's most excited about for the January/February events.
Diptyque's UK MD on its new flagship boutique
In November, Diptyque opened the doors of its new flagship boutique on London's Sloane Street, bringing its range of luxury fragrance to shoppers in Chelsea. The boutique is now Diptyque's largest store in the UK and the second boutique to be designed in the brand’s new retail concept.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Amanda Morgan, Diptyque's UK & Ireland Managing Director, speaks about the new flagship boutique, what makes it different to existing stores and why Diptyque is continuing to invest in physical retail.
Superdrug's E-Commerce Director on the launch of its new marketplace
In November, Superdrug launched its new marketplace platform, bringing a range of "undiscovered, innovative and affordable" products to UK consumers. The launch signalled the continuation of Superdrug's omni-channel retail strategy, allowing customers to buy products from marketplace brands that will have never been seen on Superdrug shelves.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Matt Walburn, Superdrug's Marketing & E-Commerce Director, speaks about the marketplace, why it's been created, how it works for both customers and sellers, and how it aligns with Superdrug's commitment to value and accessibility.
Nada Baalbaki, Global Scientific Director, CeraVe
CeraVe is the brand of choice for dermatologists around the world, who recommend it for its no-fuss but effective products that come at an accessible price. It's perhaps no surprise that it's so highly regarded among the scientific community since the brand has been developed by dermatologists and its formulations are designed to respect and protect the skin barrier.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Nada Baalbaki, Global Scientific Director at CeraVe, speaks about the brand's approach, her own career history and how to tackle some of the most common skin concerns.
Bobbi Brown, Founder, JONES ROAD
In 2020, legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown made the bold move of launching JONES ROAD, a multi-functional, inclusive line of cosmetics that aims to bridge the gap between skincare and makeup. Until this year, JONES ROAD had only been available in the UK online. However, in October, Brown launched the brand's first bricks and mortar presence at Liberty.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Bobbi Brown, Founder of JONES ROAD, speaks about her aims for the brand, how it's been received by consumers worldwide and what it's like starting out all over again.
Marc Chaya, Co-founder & CEO, Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Maison Francis Kurkdjian was founded in 2009, following an encounter between renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and Marc Chaya, Co-founder and CEO of the fragrance house. Today, Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a major player in the luxury fragrance market. With innovation at its heart, the fragrance house champions creativity, high-quality craftsmanship and seamless customer experiences.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Marc Chaya, Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Co-founder and CEO, speaks about the brand's journey since launching, its world-famous Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance line and why he is selective about where the fragrance is distributed.
Mona Kattan, Co-founder, Huda Beauty & Kayali Fragrances
Kayali Fragrances is not new – it was launched in 2018 – but it has been undergoing something of a rebirth. Unlike the Wishful skincare and Huda Beauty makeup brands, which are fronted by Huda Kattan, it is Mona Kattan who is leading this venture. After years of doing the “really not fun stuff” behind the scenes, Mona is very much the public face and driving force of Kayali. It makes sense since Kayali was very much Mona’s vision and passion, founded on her lifelong love for fragrance.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Mona Kattan, Co-founder of Huda Beauty and Kayali Fragrances, speaks about the inspiration behind the brand, its unique approach to fragrance and how it performs in the UK.
JuE Wong, CEO, Olaplex
Olaplex was first founded in 2014 in a California garage. Starring a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level, the brand's products feature a formula that seeks out broken bonds in the hair and repairs them. Today, Olaplex is one of the largest independent haircare brands in the world, with over 100 worldwide patents.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, JuE Wong, Olaplex's CEO, speaks about the brand's rapid growth, its innovations in the haircare industry and how Olaplex strives to become the number one haircare brand.
Paul Goldsmith, VP of Supply Chain, No7 Beauty Company
The No7 Beauty Company consists of a number of brands including No7, Liz Earle, Soap & Glory, Botanics, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. Behind these brands and the No7 Beauty Company, is a global supply chain team working to create seamless operations and ultimately, make sure these brands are accessible to their consumers around the world.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Paul Goldsmith, Vice President of Global Supply Chain at No7 Beauty Company and International Retail at the Walgreens Boots Alliance, speaks about No7's supply chain, the importance of sustainability and what it was like to join the company in the midst of a global pandemic.
Space NK's CEO Andy Lightfoot on its first-ever double-level store
Earlier this year, Space NK opened a new store at 3 Neal Street in Covent Garden. Making history for the retailer, the location is Space NK's first-ever double-level store. Spanning 2,000 sq ft, the upsized unit provides a bigger floorspace for its portfolio of products.
In this interview with TheIndustry.beauty, Andy Lightfoot, Space NK's CEO, speaks about the store, what makes it different from its existing locations, why Covent Garden is a great area and how in-store retail compares to ecommerce for Space NK.