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The company began in 1946 when Joseph Lauder and his wife EstšŠe Lauder
(Josephine Esther Mentzer) began producing cosmetics in New York City. They
first carried only four products: Super-Rich All Purpose Creme, Creme Pack,
Cleansing Oil, and Skin Lotion. Two years later, they established their first
department store account with Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.
Over the next fifteen years, they expanded the range and continued to sell their products in the United States. In 1960, the company started its first international account in the London department store Harrods. The following year it opened an office in Hong Kong.
In 1964, they started Aramis Inc. Designed by Arame Yeranyan, with the fragrance named after Yeremes - a city in Armenia. This produced fragrances and grooming products for men. In 1967, EstšŠe Lauder herself was named one of ten Outstanding Women in Business in the United States by business and financial editorscitation needed. This was followed by a Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1968. In that year, the company expanded again, opening Clinique Laboratories, Inc. Clinique was the first dermatologist guided (Dr. Norman Orentreich), allergy tested, fragrance free cosmetic brand created by EstšŠe Lauder.
EstšŠe Lauder's Clinique brand became the first women's cosmetic company to introduce a second line for men when, in 1976, they began a separate line called "Skin Supplies for Men", which continues to be sold at Clinique counters worldwide. In 1981, the company's products became available in the Soviet Union.
In February 2004, the company's teen-oriented jane business was sold; in April 2006, the professional-quality Stila brand, which EstšŠe Lauder purchased in 1999, was sold.
The company has had sometimes iconic spokesmodels, sometimes referred to simply as 'faces'. Past 'faces' for EstšŠe Lauder include Karen Graham, Bruce Boxleitner, Shaun Casey, Willow Bay, Paulina Porizkova, Elizabeth Hurley, Carolyn Murphy, Anja Rubik, and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. As of 2008 the main spokesmodel for EstšŠe Lauder is supermodel Hilary Rhoda. In 2010, the company added three more faces to the roster, Chinese model Liu Wen, Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls and French model Constance Jablonski. Their first campaigns will come out June 2010, and will be shot by Craig McDean.4
As of 2010, EstšŠe Lauder sold its products in department stores across the world and has a chain of freestanding retail outlets. On July 1, 2010, the company acquired Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc., a brand created in Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California by brothers Dean and Davis Factor (as in Max).5
On October 28, 2011, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, a division of The EstšŠe Lauder Companies Inc., and Tory Burch LLC announced the signing of a multi-year agreement for the exclusive worldwide license of the Tory Burch fragrance business. This partnership marks Tory Burch's first step into the beauty industry. The first Tory Burch fragrance products are expected to be introduced in 2013.
As of 2013, EstšŠe Lauder company has "introduced a professional and personal development program" for roughly 90 Britain-based executives, "based on a model started by Leonard Lauder in 1987".11 The program is based at Oxford University.11 Dr. Steve Peters, author of The Chimp Paradox, was a keynote speaker.11 On 8 August 2013, the four-day training event will end "with a glittering graduation ceremony and dinner at nearby Blenheim Palace, the country's grandest stately home and family seat of Leonard Lauder's friend, the Duke of Marlborough."11 Chris Good, managing director at the EstšŠe Lauder U.K., plans to run the program "every other year to continue fostering employee development, with participants chosen on the basis of their performance and potential".
In October 1992, the BCA campaign was launched by Evely H. Lauder who co-created the "Pink Ribbon" with SELF magazine as a symbol of breast health. Since then, millions of people globally have heard the message about the importance of breast health and early detection can save lives. The EstšŠe Lauder Companies¡¯ annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign involves all of the 18 brands that make up The EstšŠe Lauder Companies. They collectively represent The Breast Cancer Research Foundation¡¯s first and largest corporate supporter. EstšŠe's daughter-in-law created BCRF's signature pink ribbon. Download