5 Minutes with Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville has been healing skin and transforming lives for 20 years. CEW Beauty News spoke with her about new launches, the impact of COVID-19, and the biggest opportunities she sees for the brand.

Kate Somerville Sold to Unilever

Unilever has acquired Los Angeles-based Kate Somerville, the prestige skin care brand that’s sold in upscale retailers in the United States, and that has a growing footprint in Asia.

Kate Somerville Takes on Asia

Kate Somerville has been in the skincare realm for more than 20 years, starting in doctor’s offices doing pre- and post- operative care for peels and lasers. Followed by a loyal clientele, many of whom are celebrities, in 2004 she opened her own clinic and partnered with a physician, two nurses and two aestheticians to command three treatment rooms, which quickly grew to seven, then 13. By 2006, retailers were knocking on her door for access to her formulas, and in 2007 she sold a minority stake in her company to JH Partners to help fuel retail growth. By 2010, she tapped industry veteran Michelle Taylor to become CEO, allowing Kate to focus on building brand awareness as the company’s spokesperson. This past year the brand entered Asia. Here’s how it’s going.