NEW YORK — What’s the difference between Bernard Arnault and Leonard Lauder?
Not much, according to Pamela Baxter, president and chief executive officer of perfumes and cosmetics Americas at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, president of Christian Dior Couture and a former top executive at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.
“Obviously, one is very French and very reserved. Leonard is very gregarious and very social. Both have huge passions for art, huge collections and the money to back that up. One built a museum to put his art in [referring to Fondation Louis Vuitton] and the other donated his art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,” Baxter said in a conversation with Rose Marie Bravo at 21 Club here Wednesday as part of the Fashion Group International’s “The Tastemakers” series.
“They both have an attention to detail that is unlike anything you would ever see,” she added. “Bernard Arnault redesigns cosmetic counters at Bergdorf Goodman. If you did store tours with Leonard, he knew the beauty advisers and he would get behind the counters to rearrange how the lipsticks were merchandised.”
As a farewell gift, Lauder told Baxter she could take one executive with her so that she would have someone
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