In 1905, Miss Sefton married an entrepreneur named Vincent Thomas who, at her urging, bought the rights to cosmetician Harriet Hubbard Ayer's name. In 1907 the two of them used it to found their own cosmetics firm. Thomas died in 1918, after which his wife built the company into one of the largest cosmetic firms in the world. In 1938 she was the highest paid female executive in America. Harriet Hubbard Ayer Inc. marketed 27 different perfumes (Mes Fleurs, Prince Charming, Brin d'Amour, Golden Note, Darling, etc., etc.), products that skin-care-only Harriet Ayer herself never would have dreamed of selling.
|solid oak doors, 400-500 yrs old|
|17th century gate|