Addicted History: Avon

Let’s go back, no, way back to 1886 when soon to be Avon founder David H. McConnell, of New York city discovered that giving away rose oil perfumes had dramatically increased the sales on his current business of selling his books, and shortly after he would start a perfume company based on the fragrance retail appeal.

Starting off a the California Perfume Company in 1914, he opened their first office in Montreal, Canada. The company quickly started to turn a large profit and in that time McConnell would appoint his first General Agent, Mrs. Albee, in a time when women still didn’t have the vote.

During that beginning period of her employe she implimented the Avon hallmark of friendly reps selling the products directly to the customer through at home visits and deliveries.

In the following years as they were looking to expand the business, during his travels McConnell would fall in love with one peticular spot know as Stratford upon Avon during a visit to England and in 1939 changed the company name to what we know today as AVON.

Fast forward over 125 after the very beginning and AVON has withstood the test of time unlike most.

As of 2015 AVON has over 6 million Representatives in over 100 countries, and the company still holds to their same beliefs of “beauty, innovation, optimism for women”.

Reporting almost $11 billion in annual revenue and product lines including color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, fashion and home products, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Skin So Soft, Advance Techniques, and mark, it’s safe to say that AVON has made it’s mark on our culture and may just for another 125 years.

For more info on Avon visit the website and check out the video below.



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