Leadership team | FORTRESS BRAND

Christopher Skinner

Founder and CEO // School House

Founder and “Principal” of leading beauty creative agency School House, Chris leads thought leadership and creative direction across all School House and School House Studios disciplines, including new brand creation, brand re-creation, retail concept and design, campaign creation, and content. But his journey in beauty did not begin here… 

Chris started his career on the sales floor of Sephora in 2003, and slowly worked his way to a regional position in the Northeast overseeing animations and events. From there, he joined Space NK Apothecary leading design and creative for the U.S. market at the initial launch, and was promoted to Global Director overseeing the retailer’s design and creative. He eventually joined LVMH’s Fresh overseeing Global Design during its pivotal growth years of 2011-2015, leading and participating in the brand’s redefinition of its DNA, Codes, Visual Identity, Retail Design, and launch across APAC and EMEA.

When you’re not working, you’re…

Tending to my chickens in Kent, Connecticut.

Go-to karaoke song:

Proud Mary by Tina Turner.

Favorite food:

Chicken (but not my chicken, other’s chickens).

Next dream vacation:


TV show of choice:

Succession, The Office, Mare of East Town, Stranger Things, The Sopranos… the list goes on and on!