Our Gorgeous Story: Co-founders Monica Thornton and Lisa Richards met in New York City, and were determined to find a way to save time and money on world-class hair extensions. Together, they fixed the glaring holes in this explosive market. By applying cutting-edge technology to beauty, they introduced a revolutionary process, which decreased application time while improving both quality and accessibility to this transformative experience. Naturally, they were determined to provide a gorgeous environment, offering industry-leading customer service to showcase their technological accomplishment. It’s a new kind of service for a new kind of girl, including NYC’s best stylists bringing back better blowouts. How did they know? They’re girls! They wanted it too!
Monica is our “Fancy-pants” Co-founder. She received her degree from Smith College and her J.D from the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Having enjoyed a well-established career incubating international service and research organizations as an inspiring human rights lawyer, she brings with her over twenty years of experience in management and operations. Recently, as the Director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s International Program, she led bold, complex initiatives for the United Nations, the United Kingdoms’ Department of International Development, the Ford Foundation, and a myriad of governments. Not only is she the nicest person in the world, but very smart, too.
Lisa is our “Rock-star” Co-founder. She spent the last 15 years launching new entertainment and sports initiatives worldwide, including the creation of brands, trademarks, media campaigns, and special events. She has all kinds of innovative, creative marketing experience with trailblazing companies such as YOU On Demand (a leading Video On Demand start-up service provider in China delivering Hollywood movies to mobile and TV screens), World Wrestling Entertainment, Starz Encore Group and iN Demand. Her business development experience, fear-less entrepreneurial spirit, passion for fashion, and love of gorgeous hair led her to co-found RPZL.