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Jurlique International is an Australian-based manufacturer and multi-channel global marketer of natural skin care products. The products are derived from herbs and plant extracts biodynamically grown on the company’s organic farms in South Australia. Jurlique distributes its products primarily in Asia, Australia and the United States, through a network of company-owned stores, distributors, high-end department stores, pharmacies, spas and via duty free. The company was founded by a horticulturist and scientist in 1983.


Initial Investment April 2006
Sold to Pola Orbis February 2012

J. McLaughlin

Founded in 1977 by brothers Kevin and Jay McLaughlin with a single shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the brand’s retail presence has grown to 85 freestanding stores in the U.S. J.McLaughlin has established itself as a classic American clothing and accessories brand for men and women recognized for its distinctive flair for color and signature portfolio of prints. The brand’s differentiating design aesthetic combines time-honored style and impeccable craftsmanship with a modern sensibility and an element of whimsy.


Initial Investment November 2011
Sold to Brentwood Associates December 2015


Lussori is a luxury retailer and etailer of timepieces and jewelry. The company provides discerning consumers with the finest in luxury timepiece and designer jewelry brands, such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Bulgari, Carl F. Bucherer, Chopard, Corum, Girard Perregaux, Glashutte Original, Harry Winston, Hearts of Fire, IWC, Michael Beaudry, Montblanc, Omega, Piaget, Ulysse Nardin, Tag Heuer and many others. Lussori services it’s customers through its flagship retail store located on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, California, its website, Lussori.com, as well as through its concierge call center.

Initial Investment November 2006

Walter Drake

For over fifty years, Walter Drake has been a catalog retailer of unique, inexpensive gifts, gadgets and personalized items in addition to household goods and kitchen products. Walter Drake has built a national brand with an established, loyal customer base through its diverse and continually expanding product line and its longstanding reputation for providing superior customer service. Catalog titles include Walter Drake, Home Marketplace, HomeWares and Directions.


Initial Investment October 2001
Sold to Strategic Investor December 2003

Bell Automotive

Today, Bell is a well-recognized consumer brand known not only within auto racing and motorcycle circles, but also by the countless millions of cyclists and parents who purchase Bell bicycle helmets and accessories for themselves and their children every year. Now Bell is back to its automotive roots, offering an array of automotive accessories designed to provide convenience and fun to your everyday driving experience.


Initial Investment December 2004
Acquired Victor Products October 2005


TerraCycle creates national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. TerraCycle then converts the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. With more than 20 million people collecting waste in over 20 countries TerraCycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used them to create over 1,500 different products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market.


Initial Investment March 2007

Design Within Reach

Design Within Reach is a provider of distinctive modern design furnishings and accessories. The company markets and sells products from prominent designers, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Charles and Ray Eames, through four highly integrated sales channels consisting of its studios, catalog, website and direct sales force. This seamless channel integration and use of a single, common inventory enable DWR to offer merchandise on an ‘in stock and ready to ship’ basis, versus traditional furnishings retailers, which typically require customers to wait weeks or even months for their products.


Initial Investment January 1999
IPO June 2004 (NASDAQ: DWRI)
Secondary March 2005 (NASDAQ: DWRI)

Bare Escentuals

Bare Escentuals, one of the fastest growing personal care companies in the U.S., is a developer and multi-channel marketer of cosmetics, skin care and body care products. The company’s ID bareMinerals product line is the nation’s leading mineral make-up. Bare Escentuals branded personal care products are sold nationwide through select beauty retailers, direct-response television, the Internet, mail order and company-owned boutiques.


Initial Investment August 1990
Acquired MD Formulations November 2001
IPO September 2006 (NASDAQ: BARE)
Secondary March 2007 (NASDAQ:BARE)
Secondary June 2007 (NASDAQ:BARE)

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