Molton Brown first attracted a minority investment from Bridgepoint in 1994. It is a premium branded consumer products business, operating in the personal care sector supplying bath and body skin care and colour cosmetic products. Its principal markets are the luxury hotel and travel markets, although it also had a proprietary retail business through concessions and wholly-owned stores.
In 2003, Bridgepoint subsequently led an institutional buy-out of the business, recognising with management that the Molton Brown brand had sufficient critical mass to sustain further growth in the UK through the rollout of owned stores and in the capitals around the world, particularly in-store. The company also developed other retail channels including spa treatments and in-flight sales.
In July 2005, Molton Brown was sold to Kao Corporation of Japan.
To learn more about the company, visit www.moltonbrown.com