‘The market is ripe’: K-beauty brand Missha’s potential in Europe driven by youthful

Able C&C expanded into Europe in 2015 with its strategic entry into Germany. Today, it has a presence in 22 European markets, including Germany, Poland, and Georgia. It operates almost over 7,500 offline stores and focuses primarily on Missha and A’Pieu.

The company announced that Missha’s sales in Europe during the third quarter of last year increased by 143% compared to the prior year.

It attributed its several factors to its success, including its strong distributor network as well as the rising interest from millennials and Generation Z, known as MZ generation.

“European consumers tend to be conservative and loyal to brands, but the younger MZ generation is notable for experimenting with new products and makeup techniques,”​ said Park Jinwoo, head of overseas business, Able C&C.

It noted that its base makeup products have performed particularly well. Missha’s flagship M Perfect Cover BB Cream surpassed cumulative sales of 1.24 million units in the European market from January to November in 2023.

The firm also highlighted that its other brand, A’Pieu grew by 118% in the third quarter. Overall, its cumulative sales increased by over 131% in the same period.

K-beauty’s potential in Europe

According to Korea’s Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), K-beauty exports make up 4% of the market in Europe, compared to 14% in the US.

Missha believes that this, coupled with the interest from millennials and Gen Zs, signalled substantial room for its growth in Europe.

In a sales report published at the end of 2023, the company said: “Given the meaningful results already achieved in Europe, the company is determined to actively drive expansion into Europe when the market is ripe.”

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