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Essie Weingarten

Founder, Essie Nail Polish

Essie WeingartenEssie started her eponymous brand in 1981 with $10,000 after working in the hosiery business. When Essie launched, there were very few companies making nail polish, and nail salons were rare. Essie nail polish is now available in roughly 25,000 salons in more than 100 countries. The company was bought by L’Oreal in 2010.

Essie speaks with Jessica about how she launched Essie, from scratch.

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