The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. deals in manufacturing and marketing of prestige skincare, health care, makeup, and fragrance products. The American company employs 44,000 employees and is a publicly listed company with headquarters in the General Motors Building, New York, United States of America. The diverse portfolio of the company is distributed across the globe.
Estee Lauder Companies began in 1946 when Estee Lauder and her husband Joseph Lauder started producing cosmetics in the New York City. They started with just four products – cleansing oil, skin lotion, super rich all-purpose crème, and crème pack. Saks Fifth Avenue was with whom they set up their first store in New York. For years, they continued slowly expanding their range as well as locations. In 1960, in the London Departmental Store Harrods – they opened their first international account. They opened an office in Hong Kong the next year to that.