Headquartered in San Francisco, Sephora is one of the leading retail cosmetics chain stores in the United States. It also has a major presence in Europe. The company, founded in France in 1969, promotes itself as a visionary beauty-retail concept. Acquired by Paris-based LVMH Mo t Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 1997, one of the world's largest luxury product manufacturing groups, Sephora also maintains stores in Canada, China, Greece and Italy. It has a unique open-selling environment featuring more than 250 classical and new brands. The company's product categories include name-brand bath and body products; skin care, color, fragrance, makeup and hair care items; and Sephora's own private-label products. Sephora operates nearly 550 stores worldwide, including more than 125 stores in the U.S. The company offers affiliate programs, online shopping options and gift registry services. Sephora operates a store in Santa Clara, Calif.