WASHINGTON — Kiehl’s Since 1851 marked its 25-year relationship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Oct. 15 with the donation of three new “artifacts” to the museum.
The cosmetics firm, which has a quirky, unusual product assortment, donated more than 100 products and formulas to the museum in 1979 from the original Kiehl’s pharmacy in New York City.
That evening, Kiehl’s donated three more products, including Cryste Marine Cream, Abyssine Cream and Original Musk Eau de Toilette to the pharmacy collection.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History houses such national treasures as the Star-Spangled Banner; the wooden lap desk used by Thomas Jefferson as he wrote the Declaration of Independence and Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Philip Clough, president of Kiehl’s, said the event is a testimony to the longevity of the Kiehl’s brand.
“It’s testimony to the heritage of the pharmaceutical and natural products of Kiehl’s that continues today,” said Clough at a jazzy cocktail party in the museum’s lobby. He added that the company’s store in Georgetown, which opened in April, as well as a store in Dallas and a store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are all performing well.
“People have been asking for so long when we were going to open a store in Washington,” Clough said. “It took us a long time to the find right location, but now we’re here.”
Kiehl’s operates 14 stores in the U.S. and five internationally and will open stores in Atlanta and Las Vegas before the end of the year.
— Kristi Ellis