Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based middle market private equity firm, will acquire a majority stake in Milani Cosmetics, a leading family-owned “masstige” beauty company that encompasses two distinct brands, Milani and Jordana. Current owners Ralph Bijou and Laurie Minc will hold significant minority stakes alongside Gryphon. The transaction, which is expected to close this summer, is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at press time.
Milani, headquartered in Los Angeles, began with the creation of Jordana Cosmetics in 1986 and grew with the purchase and relaunch of Milani in 2001. Milani’s products are primarily manufactured in the US and Italy. The company’s face, lip, and eye products are available in 75 countries and through key domestic retail partners including Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, Target and CVS.