Leonard A. Lauder shows no sign of slowing down.
At 85, the chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has more passion for new ideas than a 25-year-old. Make no mistake, Lauder is still in the game. Just mention a blooming indie brand ripe for the picking and his eyes will twinkle and he will reach for a pen and piece of paper.
“He’s got more energy than anyone in the room,” said Jerrod Blandino, cofounder and chief creative officer of Two Faced, a California-based company that Lauder acquired in 2016. Blandino’s partner, Jeremy Johnson, cofounder and head of brand strategy and innovation, added, “The passion that he has is overwhelming. He lives and breathes cosmetics. When he’s down in Yorba Linda [mall], he’ll tell you what his top stockkeeping units are. This is a man who has a flip phone and doesn’t have a computer on his desk. He knows everything about his company.”
This passion, and Lauder’s business acumen and more, are the reasons he has been named the recipient of WWD’s 2018 John B. Fairchild Honor for lifetime achievement, named after his friend and WWD’s legendary former publisher and editorial director.
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