executive endorsements

“Kelly not only works with outstanding brands; she knows which brands are a fit for each retail partner. Her taste and standards are impeccable, and she really gets to the heart of what makes each brand and retailer unique. Kelly listens to my feedback and provides concrete plans and solutions to the table. She is a dream to partner with!”

- ELENA SEVERIN DIRECTOR OF BRAND PARTNERSHIPS,

THE DETOX MARKET

 

“Kelly has vast experience building brands and knowing what it takes to be successful. She is a tremendous resource for emerging brands. Kelly has such an impeccable track record in the industry as both a brand builder and an incredibly kind person - and that is hard to find! Working with Kelly is always inspiring.”

- ANNIE JACKSON CO-FOUNDER & COO, CREDO

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kelly for a few years now, and I’ve always appreciated her deep industry knowledge about retail, brands, and what it takes for both to be successful. Additionally, when an emerging brand is introduced to Cos Bar under the auspices of Kelly I know the conversations will be productive given her broad expertise and significant experience on the retail side. “

- OLIVER GARFIELD CO-PRESIDENT, COSBAR

“In a beauty world where it seems like I hear about a new brand every thirty minutes, Kelly is one of those rare partners that buyers dream of. She has an incredible eye for brands that are both beautiful and efficacious. With her decades of experience at Neiman Marcus, Kelly knows exactly what it takes to launch, grow and thrive in a competitive retail environment, and understands the unique needs of the many retailers she works with. Most importantly, her magnetic presence and strategic intellect are matched perhaps only by her kindness; working with Kelly is truly a delight.”

- LEIGH QUILHOT director of merchandising, BLUEMERCURY

“I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Kelly St. John on a number of key marketing and branding initiatives for several brands in her portfolio. Working with Kelly to achieve a shared goal has been a privilege. She is masterful at establishing a clear vision for what's possible, bringing the right people to the table and gracefully guiding the teams to deliver their best work. A true leader, Kelly always has the big picture in mind when offering her strategic counsel. And as a beauty entrepreneur, she's equally savvy at mapping out long-term strategic goals as she is rolling up her sleeves to tackle tactical challenges. Her wealth of knowledge, experience and access within luxury beauty makes her an invaluable asset to any beauty brand founder. If you have an opportunity to be a part of her curated collective, I suggest you do so. You, and your brand, will benefit greatly.”

- Rachel Roberts Mattox FOUNDER & CEO, OYL + WATER

“I have known Kelly for several years. We first connected during her time as VP of Beauty at Neiman Marcus when I would seek her views and input on brands I was considering for investment. Today, her deep knowledge of the beauty industry, her understanding of brand and product differentiation and her eye for up-and-coming brands provide great insights for us at True Beauty Ventures. The brands that Kelly has curated at KSJ Collective clearly demonstrate her amazing talent for identifying emerging brands. We value her insights on all things beauty.”

- RICH GERSTEN FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER,
TRUE BEAUTY VENTURES

“Kelly possesses that rare combination of deep beauty industry experience, a discerning eye for what makes brands successful and a personality that makes you want to be part of her team. I had the pleasure of partnering with Kelly during her leadership at Neiman Marcus where she demonstrated her acumen as a merchant and her ability to collaborate on a plan to build the business for both retailer and brand. Kelly has built an impressive boutique beauty consultancy and the impact that she brings to the brands she works with is evident.

I would work with Kelly again in a heartbeat.”

- CHRIS HOBSON RESIDENT & CEO, RARE BEAUTY BRANDS

“Kelly was a terrific partner in helping me build Laura Mercier from a startup to a top brand at Neiman Marcus. Her extensive knowledge of the beauty business, coupled with her professionalism, was invaluable in helping us identify opportunities and build such a dynamic brand together. As an investor in beauty brands today, I highly value Kelly’s expertise in my decision process.”

- JANET GURWITCH OPERATING PARTNER, ADVENT & FORMER FOUNDER & CEO, LAURA MERCIER

 

“Kelly is one of the most highly respected executives in the beauty industry. She has a great eye for special brands, knows the ingredients required to take them to new heights, and can also provide the path to execution to take them there. The care she takes and knowledge she has of her brand portfolio is unparalleled."

- DAVID OLSEN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HIGHLANDER PARTNERS; FORMER CEO AND CURRENT BOARD MEMBER, COS BAR

 

I have worked with Kelly for several years, both in her role at Neiman Marcus and on special projects. I saw Kelly in action at Neiman Marcus Conclave when she had asked me to speak to her team. I saw her leadership, creativity, and collaborative spirit come to life. She commanded the room and clearly had the respect of all the Store Directors. More recently, we have worked together on some indie beauty brands. Beyond being an expert in digital, retailing and beauty, she also has shown smart, strategic thinking in advising entrepreneurs. Kelly is a class act!”

- CAROL HAMILTON GROUP PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS, L’OREAL

 

“I have known Kelly St. John for over 25 years. She is a passionate merchant with a deep understanding and love of luxury and beauty.”

- JOHN DEMSEY eXECUTIVE GROUP PRESIDENT, ESTEE LAUDER

“As a business partner and former colleague at Estee Lauder, Kelly continuously exudes both integrity and leadership. Possessing that perfect balance of strategic thinking combined with flawless execution is cornerstone to Kelly’s ongoing success. Her strong communication ability and talent development provides the required support to achieve ambitious goals and business transformation! As a person, Kelly is always curious, optimistic, and considerate - qualities other great leaders highly covet!”

- NANCY FEETHAM FORMER SVP / GM ESTEÉ LAUDER

 

 

 

“A consummate professional, Kelly combines decades of hands-on experience within the beauty industry with a natural talent for identifying winning brands and developing winning relationships with founders. She is kind, considerate, and adheres to the highest standards of professional conduct. Kelly is also a no-nonsense executive who is focused on results. She is a joy to work with and valuable business partner.”

- NADER NAEYMI-RAD CO-FOUNDER, INDIE BEAUTY EXPO

“Kelly’s invaluable knowledge of retail and what a beauty brand needs to succeed is rare. Her experience both on the brand side with Estee Lauder and the retail side with Neiman Marcus enables her to understand each stage a brand needs to excel at in order to achieve long-term success. Kelly’s tenacity and keen sense of ‘what’s next’ enabled IBE to be a part of the Neiman Marcus family when something like this was unheard of. Kelly is a risk-taker; therefore, she is able to identify opportunities others may not. For this, she is a leader. She’s got gusto.”

- JILLIAN WRIGHT CO-FOUNDER, INDIE BEAUTY EXPO

 

“I have known Kelly for over two decades, and she is one of the finest beauty experts I have met. Her vast knowledge of the industry makes her an asset to entrepreneurs navigating their journey in today’s ever-changing beauty world.”

- KAREN KATZ FORmer CEO, NEIMAN MARCUS GROUP

 

“Kelly is a class-act. She has that intangible quality that makes you want to be the best as a brand and as a person. She's fearless, and her expertise in stores and online make her an indispensable asset to any beauty brand. I totally endorse her.”

- JOHN KORYL FORMER PRESIDENT, NEIMAN MARCUS ONLINE

“I worked with Kelly at Neiman Marcus, and I was always impressed by her deep understanding and passion for the beauty business, her forward drive for the next frontier, and her tenacity in achieving the best results. Her leadership skills inspired those around her, as did her strong character and ethical standards.”

- ANN STORDAHL former SVP, NEIMAN MARCUS

“Kelly is a rare industry wizard who truly understand what it takes to create a successful business and all the various aspects from online to retail. Once she believes in you, she will fight for you all the way like it is her own company. She makes a huge difference in the growth of your enterprise. She also happens to be a joy to work with.”

- SYLVIE CHANTECAILLE PRESIDENT CEO, CHANTECAILLE