DOES LVMH HAVE ITS EYE ON BLISS SPA?
Byline: Kerry Diamond
NEW YORK — LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is apparently interested in more than just Gucci.
Rumors are circulating that the giant French luxury goods conglomerate wants to acquire several beauty companies, including the trendy Bliss Spa in SoHo. Neither LVMH nor Bliss officials could be reached for comment.
Bliss Spa is one of the spa success stories of the Nineties. Marcia Kilgore, a native of Canada, opened the spa in July 1996 and quickly attracted a cult following that includes celebrities like Uma Thurman and Julia Roberts. In 1998, the spa expanded from 5,600 square feet to 11,000.
In November 1996, the Bliss Out beauty products catalog was born from the small beauty boutique in the spa. Today, several Bliss Out catalogs are mailed annually to more than 150,000 households. There is also a companion Web site at blissout.com.
Kilgore has stated in the past that she wants to expand her company with Bliss Out retail stores, a spa in Miami Beach and e-commerce on the Web site.
In addition to owning Bliss, Kilgore owns the Remede skin care line, which is sold at Bliss and Barneys New York, and Poetic Waxing home waxing kits.
LVMH has been busily pursuing beauty during the past few months. In December, the luxury goods house began negotiating for Sanofi Beaute shortly after it was put up for sale. By Christmas, LVMH had decided against making a deal, however, and then turned its attention to Gucci, where LVMH is now locked in an ownership battle.