Sad news for American makeup lovers: Shu Uemura is leaving the U.S.
Shu is working with its retail partners on a case-by-case basis to determine the exact timing, but the withdrawal will take place over the next several months. This decision does not affect any other market, and does not affect Shu Uemura Art of Hair, which is sold in select salons in the U.S.
U.S. consumers will still be able to buy products from www.shuuemura.com.
Shu Uemura is currently owned by L’Oreal, who acquired a majority stake in the company in 2003. The decision to close down U.S. operations was apparently driven by poor recent performance. L’Oreal also owns Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Kiehl’s.
Shu Uemura is said to do about 80% of its business in Asia.