Nikos Mouyiaris, Mana Prod­ucts Founder and CEO, 73

WWD Digital Daily - - The Reviews - BY ELLEN THOMAS

Nikos Mouyiaris, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mana Prod­ucts, died on Fri­day, Jan. 5, in New York. He was 73.

The cause of death will not be made pub­lic, a spokes­woman for Mana Prod­ucts said.

Mouyiaris founded Mana Prod­ucts, a con­tract and pri­vate la­bel cos­met­ics man­u­fac­turer, more than 40 years ago with a $6,000 loan from his brother. More re­cently, Mana Prod­ucts was known as the de­vel­oper of Make Beauty, a lux­ury, cru­el­tyfree cos­met­ics line sold on Net-a-Porter and at Sel­fridges. An­other well-known Mana Prod­ucts line is Black Opal, a mass-mar­ket brand of skin care and makeup for women of color, which Mouyiaris founded with the help of his wife, Carol.

A well-known fig­ure in the beauty in­dus­try and in phil­an­thropic cir­cles, Mouyiaris was re­spected for his gen­eros­ity, hum­ble na­ture and pay-it-for­ward at­ti­tude.

“My father was a vi­sion­ary en­tre­pre­neur and leader in the beauty in­dus­try whose loss will be widely felt far be­yond,” said Mouyiaris' daugh­ter, Ari­ana Mouyiaris, Make Beauty's cre­ative di­rec­tor. “His im­pact and in­flu­ence as a hu­man­i­tar­ian and phi­lan­thropist will con­tinue to touch gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The late Mouyiaris was deeply in­volved with char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ors, par­tic­u­larly those in­volv­ing Greece and Cyprus, from where he em­i­grated as a stu­dent in the Seven­ties. He founded the Hel­lenic Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, served on the board of the Co­or­di­nated Ef­fort of Hel­lenes, the Pan­cyprian As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica and as Elytis Chair at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity, and was in­volved with SOS Chil­dren's Vil­lages in Greece, along with or­ga­ni­za­tions in the U.S., Greece and Cyprus. He was also the re­cip­i­ent of the re­spected El­lis Is­land Medal of Honor. His phil­an­thropic ef­forts ex­tended well be­yond Greek and Cypriot con­cerns. Mouyiaris was a sup­porter of Par­adise 4 Kids, an Ebola or­phan­age in Sierra Leone and the Malaika Foun­da­tion, ed­u­cat­ing young girls in the Congo. A per­cent­age of Make Beauty sales are do­nated to the We See Beauty

The Cypriot-born en­tre­pre­neur passed away on Jan. 5 in New York.

Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports women-led, worker-owned co­op­er­a­tive busi­nesses across the Amer­i­cas.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the fol­low­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions: the Hel­lenic Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, the Mouyiaris Foun­da­tion, the Pan­cyprian As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, Inc., Par­adise 4 Kids or the Malaika Foun­da­tion.

Nikos Mouyiaris

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