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Ouidad pioneered the curly haircare category over 20 years ago when she opened the first hair salon dedicated to clients with wavy and curly hair. One of NYC’s top salons, it attracts a global clientele that includes celebrities, socialites, members of the press and other NYC influentials. It is here that stylists practice Ouidad’s signature Carving & Slicing(r) cutting technique that is also taught to accredited affiliate stylists across the nation. Ouidad is also the creator of an award-winning, signature haircare line that meets the many needs of women, men and children with a variety of curly hair types. The comprehensive Ouidad collection is currently sold in the Ouidad Salon on 57th Street in Manhattan, select salons with Ouidad Certified Stylists and online.


Initial Investment June 2007


NapaStyle is a multi-channel lifestyle company founded by Michael Chiarello, acclaimed Napa Valley chef, author and host of the popular cooking shows Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on the Food Network and NapaStyle on the Fine Living Network. The company expresses a unique style of living, inspired by Napa Valley, through its original, lifestyle-based content and specialty products designed for kitchen, home, garden and entertaining. NapaStyle’s content is distributed across a wide range of media and its products are available through multiple distribution channels, including catalog, company-owned boutiques and online.


Initial Investment August 2000


For 25 years, CHEFS has been a leading resource – first in catalogs and now also online – for home chefs and culinary professionals seeking the best for their kitchens. CHEFS selection is constantly expanding to include the most advanced electrics, finest cookware and cutlery, and state-of-the-art tools from the best brands in the kitchen: All-Clad, Calphalon, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Microplane, Wusthof, and many more.


Initial Investment October 2004

Neutral Free Shop

Neutral Duty Free Shop is the leading Duty Free retailer on the Uruguayan side of the border between Uruguay and Brazil. In business for over 25 years, Neutral Duty Free Shop has retail stores in six different locations in Uruguay and one airport in Argentina. The company offers branded products in categories such as cosmetics, personal care, fragrances, alcohol & spirits, apparel, confectionary, branded food, consumer electronics, home appliances, houseware and toys.

Neutral Duty Free Shop is also the exclusive franchisee of Gap Inc. for Uruguay and Paraguay. The Company operates standalone duty-paid stores in the Uruguayan local market as well as branded store-in-stores at different Neutral duty-free locations on the border between Uruguay and Brazil. Neutral expects to continue growing Gap’s footprint in the region by opening additional branded standalone stores in Paraguay and Uruguay.


Initial Investment May 2011

Studio Moderna

Studio Moderna is the leading direct-response television business in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in Slovenia in 1992, Studio Moderna now operates in 20 countries across the region and sells products through the internet, television and branded retail stores. Studio Moderna maintains over 100 websites and broadcasts more than 300 hours of programming daily through 300 public and commercial TV stations, including five of its own home shopping channels reaching an audience of 400 million people.


Initial Investment March 2010

Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts is dedicated to offering clients real solutions to skin concerns through comprehensive, result-driven products and services. With an emphasis on clinical skincare and advanced technologies, Kate Somerville has garnered a devoted celebrity following and has been widely featured in the media. Kate Somerville products can be purchased through the internet, luxury spas, direct-response television, prestige retail locations, as well as at the flagship Kate Somerville clinic on Melrose Place in West Hollywood.


Initial Investment May 2007
Sold to Unilever April 2015

La Perla

La Perla S.r.l. is an Italian-based designer and multi-channel global marketer of luxury intimate apparel and beachwear. La Perla’s elegant and sophisticated lingerie is sold through an international network of company-owned boutiques, prestige department stores, high-end shops and online.


Initial Investment August 2007

Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a specialty coffee roaster that markets its branded fresh-roasted whole bean coffee and hand-selected tea through multiple channels of distribution.  These channels include specialty grocery and gourmet food stores, online and mail order, restaurant and food service accounts, and company-owned stores.


Initial Investment September 1999
IPO January 2001 (NASDAQ: PEET)
Secondary April 2002 (NASDAQ: PEET)


Founded in 1860 and based in Milan, Frette markets and sells its high-end Italian bed and bath linens and homewear to individual customers and the top hotels and resorts around the world. The company has a rich history supplying the finest linens to aristocratic families throughout Europe, as well as to The Vatican, and Frette sheets have adorned the beds of the world’s most prestigious trains and ocean liners, including the Orient Express and the Titanic. Today, the products are available in over 100 exclusive boutiques throughout the world, in cities including Beverly Hills, New York, London, Paris, Dubai and Tokyo. Top hospitality establishments, such as the Paris Ritz, London Savoy, Singapore Raffles and all of Ritz-Carlton’s US properties outfit their hotels with Frette sheets.


Initial Investment December 2004

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani offers consumers fashionable lifestyle products through multiple retail channels, including corporate owned and branded retail stores, upscale department stores, small chains and independent retailers, as well as e-commerce. At the core of Alex and Ani’s brand is a patented signature expandable bangle invented by Designer Carolyn Rafaelian. The products, which are eco-friendly and made in America, incorporate powerful, symbolic meanings.


Initial Investment October 2012
Sold to Lion Capital December 2014 & 2015

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