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Lydia Sarfati, CEO and Founder of Repêchage, is continuing to expand what started as the one-and-only Four Layer Facial and a 12 SKU product line to what is now a skin care empire. There have been changes throughout the years, in location, in number of employees and there has been expansion.
Sarfati speaks about her motivation to continue providing results-oriented skin care, and also shares what inspires her and her many accomplishments along the way. She gives way to an overall view of a successful life from raising her family to her family joining her workforce. Catch a glimpse into the life of a CEO with an around-the-clock schedule, a world-travel itinerary and get a first look at the transcontinental Repêchage collaboration launch of Lydia’s second brand, Kanshi.
Where did you start your career in skin care?
I started my career in New York City in 1972 as a makeup artist and skin care specialist at Lamêe Cosmetics on Madison Avenue at 72nd Street. I did blending of loose powders and foundations, and as the only skin care specialist there, I offered skin consultations and makeovers. Individual lashes were the rage, and I was able at one time to do a full set in 30 minutes. From there, I went on to head the skin care department at ANN Skin Care Salon on 57th Street in New York, before opening my own Skin Center in 1977 under the name Klisar Skin Center. The Truth About Skincare was the first booklet we published, teaching simple knowledge, such as how to cleanse your skin correctly and how to prevent aging.
What inspired you to create Repêchage?