Kao USA Inc., which ranked No. 10 on Beauty Packaging's 2017 list of Top 20 Global Beauty Companies, has acquired the prestige haircare brand Oribe Hair Care from Luxury Brand Partners. The brand was founded by hairstylist Oribe Canales with Daniel Kainer, who will remain as president, and Tevya Finger of Luxury Brand Partners in 2008. It is mostly a salon item but is also sold in high-end retailers as well as on Amazon. Kao also owns prestige haircare brand Goldwell, as well as the KMS line of hair care and styling products for stylists and their clients.
Oribe has grown from a prestige hair care brand and offers hair care, skincare, body care, makeup, tools and accessories. The brand holds a strong presence in the top‐tier professional salon segment as well as in leading specialty retailers around the world.
“Oribe is a stellar brand and a perfect fit for the Kao Salon Division portfolio,” said Cory Couts, global president, Kao Salon Division. “And Daniel will be an exciting and inspiring addition to our management team. Daniel’s appointment not only guarantees the continuity of all that is extraordinary about Oribe but is also a progression of our company’s mission to appeal to the most artistic and business‐minded salon professionals in the world.”
“Kao is the ideal place for Oribe Hair Care to take the next step in its transformative journey,” said Kaner. “I have a deep respect for their organization and talented leadership team. Our friendship and business relationship goes back years, most successfully with the strategic alliance in the United States between Oribe and Goldwell color. We have always believed that hair care should be an immersive and luxury experience, and Kao is incredibly supportive of the high standard that we set for ourselves.”
“With its focus on luxury products, Oribe will meet the need for a prestige line in the Kao Salon product mix,” continued Couts. “And, the extensive global distribution network of Kao Salon Division will enable Oribe to expand internationally.”
“It is a bittersweet moment to say goodbye to a brand that Oribe Canales, Daniel Kaner and I founded and created almost ten years ago,” said Tevya Finger, CEO of Luxury Brand Partners. “I am extremely proud of what Oribe Hair Care has been able to accomplish since its inception, and I look forward to watching Kao develop the brand on a global scale.”
The Oribe business will continue to be based in New York City under current management, reporting to Kao Salon Division.
The acquisition is subject to normal regulatory review and approval.