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2420 Camino Ramon Ste. 250
San Ramon , California 94583
United States


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Given SFEP's proven track ..., 31 Mar 2015 [cached]
Given SFEP's proven track record of working with consumer growth companies at a similar stage of development such as Method Home, Yes To, and ICU Eyewear, they were an obvious choice for Japonesque," stated Karen McKay, president and CEO of Japonesque.
"Karen and Japonesque are recognized leaders in the beauty category and we look forward to providing Karen with the financial, strategic and operational support to capture the exponential growth opportunities in front of the company."
Charlotte Business Journal: Entrepreneur, 17 May 2004 [cached]
McKay says that, in the first quarter of 2005 alone, about 30 products will debut throughout Japonesque's nationwide network of hundreds of small independent and midsize chains of beauty supply stores, as well as at its high-profile retail clients - Ulta, Pure Beauty, Nordstrom and the Trade Secret division of industry giant Regis Corp.
McKay also is expanding Japonesque's private label business, stepping up its production of brushes, makeup bags, studio cases and other items for such big names as Sephora, Clinique and Laura Mercier.
Called Jem by Japonesque, the brightly colored assortment of hairbrushes, portable mirrors, lip brushes, tweezers and nail clippers geared to teen-age Nordy customers indicate how Japonesque has changed under the direction of McKay.
"We have moved into bright colors for our new products," said McKay, noting that the old Japonesque sold products in only two hues: black and chrome."We're developing new products, new clients and expanding business with longtime business partners."
For that, McKay gives the lion's share of credit to his wife, a former executive recruiter whom he met while working in the British Isles for Monsanto Co.
Shortly after the couple took over Japonesque, Karen McKay, who serves as the company's vice president, "hit the road" to visit existing customers and drum up business with new ones.Karen McKay, who describes herself as "a born salesperson," traveled up and down the West Coast and to such locales as Chicago, Dallas and Miami to generate new energy and buzz around the Japonesque name.
Her husband also hired a manufacturer's representative, Greg Dawson & Associates in Indiana, to help introduce Japonesque products to potential clients nationwide, as well as in Europe and Australia.
And some of business was just waiting around - literally - to be sold to.
Coolabi News, 8 May 2012 [cached]
Karen McKay, President, Japonesque said: "In sharing cosmetic designs with our US retail partners we heard several times how the tween category was missing a good quality offering in the hair, bath and body category - Scarlett and Crimson is now able to fill that void.
Packaging, 23 May 2013 [cached]
Karen McKay, President of Japonesque discusses the brand's first major move into colour cosmetics
Karen McKay, president, ..., 21 June 2010 [cached]
Karen McKay, president, Japonesque, added: "We are immensely proud to be working with Coolabi on this new range.
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