When Marcia Kilgore first put her stamp on the beauty world by opening Bliss® Spa in New York City in the mid ‘90s, SoHo was the stomping ground of art gallerists and fashion photographers. Pundits dubbed her “the new Estée Lauder,” crediting her with revolutionizing the day spa industry. Three years later, and a few months after she had sold her majority stake in Bliss to LVMH, Time Magazine chose the then 29-year-old Kilgore as their cover star. They described her as one of the new generation of young entrepreneurs - those whose hard work, and where ingenuity and fearlessness trumped the networking, business school bigshots.
Kilgore sold her second major beauty brand, Soap & Glory® (launched in 2006), in with annual sales topping £100m - to Alliance Boots/Walgreens in November 2014. This cemented her status as serial-entrepreneurial wonder woman.
FitFlop®, which launched in 2007, is Kilgore’s ergonomic footwear brand. Now distributed in 64 markets globally, it has spearheaded a trend of mixing comfort and function with a splash of fashion.
Kilgore’s most recent launch, Beauty Pie,® went live in December 2016 with ambitions to change the way that women shop for cosmetics. Kilgore says, “The Beauty Industry is broken. Customers get about 10% for their money, and that isn’t good enough anymore.”