Consumer goods giant Unilever has added Kate Somerville Skincare to its prestige portfolio. Founded by medi-spa pioneer Kate Somerville, a former eczema sufferer turned Hollywood facialist (celebrity loyalists include Jessica Alba and Kate Walsh), the line takes a clinical yet luxe approach to skincare problem-solving.
Unilever was reportedly attracted to the brand’s international potential, snapping it up amid a growth spurt in Asia, famous for its competitive skincare market. In an official statement, Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever’s SVP Prestige Brands, described the line as “a highly differentiated brand that is well placed in the dermocosmetic segment,” noting plans to launch the products in new markets.
Somerville’s range has an established presence in the U.S., with high-end stockists like Bergdorf Goodman and Four Seasons hotel spas. In Canada, the collection, including top-sellers like the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, is carried at select Sephora stores.
This is Unilever’s second acquisition of an indie skincare line this spring. In March, the company announced it had signed a deal to scoop up Ren, the cult-favourite British brand positioned as high-tech yet “clean” and natural-focused.