|Division of holding company (LVMH)|
|Products||Cosmetics & beauty|
|Revenue||€1.94 billion (2012)|
|Parent||LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A.|
Sephora originates from "sephos", which is Greek for "beauty" and the name Zipporah, the exceptionally beautiful wife of Moses in the Book of Exodus. The name Zipporah in the Greek Old Testament (LXX or Septuagint) is rendered, Σεπφώρα Sephora. The Sephora logo is a white "S" shaped flame against a black background.
Sephora opened its first United States store in New York City in 1998. Its North American headquarters is located in San Francisco, with corporate offices in New York City and Montréal. Featuring more than 100 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora offers beauty products including makeup, skincare, body, fragrance, color, and haircare. Sephora is owned by Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy LVMH as of 1997.
Sephora launched its online store to the U.S. in 1999 and into Canada in 2003. Sephora currently operates over 1,700 stores in 30 countries worldwide generating over $4 billion in revenue as of 2013 (according to Forbes). As of September 2013, the Sephora at Champs Élysées in Paris, France, attracts over six million people a year.
On January 1, 2014, Calvin McDonald replaced David Suliteanu as president and chief executive officer of Sephora Americas. Suliteanu was named CEO of Kendo Brands, another business in the LVMH portfolio.
Sephora features a variety of beauty products from over more than 100 brands including NARS, Make Up For Ever, Urban Decay, Sunday Riley Skincare, Tatcha Aburatorigami, and Too Faced Cosmetics. Sephora also features its own make-up, skincare, and beauty tools and accessories. Packaging for the line features the company's elongated flame logo in standard black print.
Sephora Inside JCPenney
In October 2006, Sephora began opening stores inside JCPenney. Sephora inside JCPenney features some of the same makeup, skincare, and fragrance brands as well as its own product line found in stand alone stores nationwide. There are more than 400 Sephora locations in JCPenney stores across the country.
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