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Glossier Announces Some Layoffs, Plans More Hires Later this Year

The cuts will impact roughly two dozen employees

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Glossier’s SoHo store which closed during the Covid pandemic. Courtesy of Glossier.

In recent weeks, Glossier (New York) announced its first wholesale deal with Sephora (Paris). Now the company has announced it’s experiencing more layoffs which will affect roughly two dozen employees, CEO Kyle Leahy says, reports Retail Dive. However, Leahy also noted in a letter to employees that the company is planning to hire around 20 employees by the second half of 2022 for roles related to supply chain/operations, wholesale and product.

In August 2020, digitally native Glossier closed all of its bricks-and-mortar stores. In January, the beauty brand laid off a third of its workforce after then-CEO and Founder Emily Weiss admitted the company had “made some mistakes.” In May 2022, Weiss stepped down from her CEO position. More recently, the retailer’s strategy, along with moving into wholesale, has included reopening physical stores. Since last year, the brand has opened locations in Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, London and Washington, D.C., with planned locations for Philadelphia, Atlanta and New York.

Leahy reportedly wrote in the letter: “With a new leadership team in place, our strategy set, and priority initiatives in flight, we now must align our resources appropriately, starting with our team … Today, we are reorganizing our company to align the structure, scale and talent within our refined strategy.”

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