The Lash Loft, New York City’s iconic boutique lash studio as reviewed by Beauty Insider, announced today that it has partnered with development company Oakscale to franchise the premium lash concept throughout the U.S. and abroad, with plans to open a significant number of locations over the next 5-10 years.
Reflecting on The Lash Loft’s growth plans, Oakscale CEO Joshua Kovacs said of today’s announcement: “Such a massive goal would be daunting for most emerging franchise concepts, but The Last Loft is no ordinary franchise. When a brand has dominated the world’s most competitive city for beauty services for 4 years, earning near-perfect scores across thousands of customer reviews and producing annual sales at its Flatiron location in excess of $1.9 million from approximately 1,600 usable square feet of second-floor retail space, expansion of the model throughout the most appealing markets should be the expectation.” (As disclosed in Item 19 of its current FDD).
So how did it all begin? In 2013, Shellyann Bainlardi experienced lash treatments for the first time. She loved the results, but was dissatisfied with the experience and saw massive room for improvement on several levels: the quality of the product itself, the guest experience, and the studio environment. Around the same time, her husband Peter Bainlardi was looking to leave an executive position in trading at an investment bank to find a new business that he could indeed make his future passion. Of course, given Peter’s years of finance experience, passion alone wouldn’t be enough: the numbers would have to inspire as well.
The couple launched The Lash Loft NYC in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood in 2013 to an immediate positive response. Peter and Shellyann continued to test and refine the business model over the years, deliberately building a premium brand supported by operational systems that could be taught and replicated across the country and internationally.
By early 2019, they fine-tuned the model, and the brand was larger than ever, with many social influencers singing the brand’s praises to millions of Instagram followers. Meanwhile, the brand received coverage from viral media giant BuzzFeed as well as other popular publishers As/Is, Style Caster, and Observer.
“The timing couldn’t be better,” said Shellyann Bainlardi of the decision to commence franchising. "I love everything about what we’ve created at The Lash Loft, and I can’t wait for the global market to get to experience the amazing services we provide. We have a phenomenal experience to offer clients worldwide, and we have excellent systems to offer franchisees."
Peter shares Shellyann’s excitement. “We’re investing in everything our franchisees would need to replicate the success of the first Lash Loft location in their home markets: a fully streamlined supply chain, best-in-class training and support systems, and a brand that beauty clients love. The last piece was selecting the right franchise development partner to bring The Lash Loft to the world, and we’ve found that partner in Oakscale.”
Peter explained why they chose to partner with Oakscale. “We evaluated other franchise development companies, but Oakscale was the perfect partner for The Lash Loft because of their technologically advanced systems for reaching the audience we’re looking to reach. We’re looking for multi-unit developers with experience running multi-unit operations, particularly franchisees in the food and fitness categories, who are looking to diversify their portfolios into the beauty industry. Not only is Oakscale able to identify and reach this crowd using their systems, but they are already well connected to the global franchise network we’re targeting. Simply put, we trust them and know they are invested in the global success of The Lash Loft.”
The Lash Loft is NYC’s highest-rated and most reviewed Lash beauty studio for Men & Women. The Lash Loft is an upscale salon featuring the application of semi-permanent and temporary eyelash extensions and other eye-enhancing services, including lash lifts. Learn more about The Lash Loft.
Founded in 2017, Oakscale is a franchise development company with a purpose. Their mission is to introduce local brands to communities worldwide. Learn more about Oakscale.