LOCATION: NEW YORK
EMPLOYS: 50 EMPLOYEES PLUS 500+ BEAUTY PROFESSIONALS
FOUNDERS: ALEXANDRA WILKIS WILSON (CEO), JASON PERRI(EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN) & DAVID GOLDWEITZ (COO)
INVESTMENT: 2015 - PRESENT
Glamsquad is a New York-based on-demand beauty service provider that delivers a comprehensive range of hair, make-up and nail services to clients at their chosen location.
Based on the concept of the blow-out bar, this fully mobile service, staffed by a team of experienced professionals hand-picked from the likes of Mac and Fekkai, offers personal pick me up and party-ready appointments for busy mums and time-poor professionals alike, via a dedicated app and website, helping them to get glam, whatever the occasion and wherever they may be.
Group appointments for pre-party pampering have proved extremely popular since the service launched back in 2014 - the app allows for two or three stylists to be booked in tandem, and requests for an increased team are catered for by contacting Glamsquad direct.
The company was co-founded by former Gilt Groupe executive Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO, Jason Perri, Executive Chairman, David Goldweitz, COO, and Victoria Eisner, who conceived the idea when she couldn’t get a last minute beauty appointment one New Year’s Eve. It currently operates in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, with plans to debut in other cities soon.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages, and has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe and Japan.
She began her career at Merrill Lynch, spending three years at the investment bank before taking up a position at Financo, working for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales. She then managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America, and then went on to manage retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores.
Alexandra was co-founder of Gilt, one of the first successful flash sale sites in the US. Gilt now has over 9 million members, ships to over 180 countries and sells over 4,000 international brands. She assumed multiple roles within Gilt and Gilt City over a period of seven years, initially as Chief Merchandising Officer, and continues to act as Strategic Advisor.
In addition to her role at Glamsquad, Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International, and serves on the non-profit boards of Dress for Success Worldwide, The National Retail Federation Foundation, Women’s Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International. She is also an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.
Alexandra is a mentor for Techstars and Liberty Media’s Women’s eCommerce Network (WeCN), and is an Advisory Board Member for the Harvard Business School Rock 100 Entrepreneurs Summit. She is also on the Entrepreneur Board of Venture for America.
She is co-author, with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop.
Jason is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School, and began his career as an Associate in the Restructuring and Reorganization Group at The Blackstone Group.
He was a Principal at H.I.G. Capital/Bayside Capital, and then in 2007 joined Apollo Global Management as Senior Principal, responsible for all aspects of the investment process as a member of the Opportunistic Credit team.
In 2014 he joined Spectrum Group Management LLC as Managing Director/Private Credit, to enhance and expand the firm’s private credit business.
Jason has served on numerous corporate boards and creditor committees and has extensive experience investing in sectors as diverse as media, gaming, telecommunications, industrials, building products, shipping, oilfield services, and paper and packaging.
David is also a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School. He began his career as an Acquisitions Analyst at Capital Properties Associates in New York, before taking up a position as Senior Credit Analyst at Dynamic Credit in 2007.
In 2011 he became a Director at the global valuation and corporate finance advisor Duff & Phelps, before moving on to Garrison Square Management, Boston’s leading real estate investment, development, and management firm, as Principal.