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Korean Personal Care Giant Acquires The Crème Shop in $120 Million Deal

An array of lip and cheek products from The Crème Shop.
An array of lip and cheek products from The Crème Shop. (The Crème Shop)
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  • Khanh Linh

LG Household and Health Care will take a controlling stake of 65 percent in the beauty company for about 148.5 billion won ($120 million) with an option to purchase the remaining share in five years.

US-based K-Beauty player The Crème Shop will join LG Household’s portfolio of more than 20 beauty brands, including The History of Whoo, Nature Collection and The Face Shop.

The deal marks part of what the South Korean company says is its strategy to expand its presence in North America where interest in K-pop and K-content is burgeoning. The deal follows LG Household’s acquisition of The Avon Company in 2019.

Founded by two Korean Americans, Theresa and Lawrence Kim, The Crème Shop opened in Los Angeles in 1988, catering to young Americans interested in K-Beauty culture.

According to Pulse News, The Crème Shop has experienced average sales growth in the US of 30 percent year-on-year over the past three years.

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