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Fortress Brand Announces Acquisition of Powerhouse Creative Agency, School House

The new partnership offers beauty, health & wellness brands winning speed-to-market services.

Gabrielle Barikian | November 3rd, 2021

Published in Fortress Brand News

Fortress Brand and School House are joining forces to create a global omnichannel accelerator that addresses all Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brand and product lifecycle needs. This first-of-its-kind agency partnership allows both Fortress Brand, a leading global marketplace accelerator, together with School House, a leading creative agency known for dynamic storytelling, to provide its brand partners with a proven competitive edge that drives business value at scale, from creation and brand identity, to retail, marketing, and sales. Fortress Brand and School House will leverage their expanded infrastructure and combined capabilities to drive continued game-changing growth for their beauty, health, and wellness brand partners.

Headquartered in New York, NY, Fortress Brand is a technology-enabled direct-to-consumer channel partner specializing in driving growth for its clients on Amazon® and other e-commerce marketplaces. The Company offers a fully outsourced, turnkey e-commerce solution for leading CPG brands, providing re-seller protection, product development, and advertising services while leveraging proprietary data analytics within the world’s largest marketplaces. Fortress Brand’s customized strategies enable its brand partners to navigate the rapidly evolving marketplace landscape. Today, the Company represents over 45 leading beauty, health, and wellness brands, including Glow Recipe, Youth to the People, and HUM Nutrition.

“The accelerating number of beauty, health, and wellness brand launches, combined with rising global supply chain concerns and competition, underscores Fortress Brand’s primary focus on identifying forward-thinking solutions for its client needs,” noted Alex and Matt Beer, Fortress Brand’s Co-CEOs and Founders. “The collective Fortress Brand and School House vision is to redefine the concept of client relations and brand partnerships by thoroughly understanding our brand partners’ every need. Together, we can then drive growth through each stage of the brand lifecycle, equipping our brand partners with the right tools, teams, and support to meet those needs. The School House partnership represents an important milestone in our continued evolution into the leading global omnichannel accelerator for beauty, health, and wellness brands.”

Based in New York, NY, School House was founded nearly seven years ago with a vision to provide cut-through creative services based on compelling storytelling for the world’s most in-demand beauty brands. Through engaging and thoughtful design in an array of specialties under the disciplines of strategy and creative development, creative production, architectural design, and industrial design, School House has collaborated with over 75 client partners ranging from independent brands such as Ami Cole and IDEO Skincare, to founder-led brands including Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Joanna Czech, Kosas, Pat McGrath Labs, and Tata Harper Skincare, to icons La Mer, Elemis and L'Occitane en Provence, to name a few.

“At School House, our mission has always been to ensure a distinct point of difference in every beauty brand we touch – from voice and tone, visual identity, and creative strategy, to campaign content and environmental design. This is our mainstay. The creative outcome is always unique,” commented Christopher Skinner, Founder and Principal of School House. “We are thrilled to now expand this philosophy by offering our clients a trusted partner in Fortress Brand that can continue the brand’s lifecycle through a powerful presence on the world’s most rapidly growing marketplaces and channels.”

The Company is excited to announce that its next phase of strategic partnership will be the School House Studios, an immersive physical creative content studio, which is set to open in New York City in Spring 2022. Fortress Brand and School House welcome inquiries from beauty, health, and wellness brands looking to accelerate their brand equity and growth across all channels.

View full press release here.

Fortress Brand

Established in 2012 and based in the heart of SoHo in NYC, Fortress Brand represents acclaimed beauty, health, and wellness brands on the Amazon® marketplace. With nearly a decade in business and 45 exclusive partnerships with names like Glow Recipe, Youth to the People and HUM Nutrition, our core strengths are channel control, protecting brand integrity, and driving growth on Amazon®. Recognized as one of Inc.’s 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies and trusted by Amazon® as a verified partner, we are fully invested in our clients’ success from day one and stay on top of today’s rapidly changing market by investing deeply into technology, data and international capabilities.

School House

School House is a creative agency, founded by former LVMH Executive Christopher Skinner, specializing in cut-through strategy, engaging creative and immersive environments for the world's most in-demand beauty brands. School House is built to mirror that of an in-house creative studio with dedicated talent across key creative disciplines needed in today's beauty market: brand and commercial strategy, branding and visual design, creative production, digital and social design, industrial design, visual merchandising and architectural design. Select clients include Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, Perfect Diary, La Mer, Malin + Goetz, Tata Harper Skincare, L'Occitane en Provence, Joanna Czech, Elemis, Volition Beauty and MyGlamm.

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