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Agents of Change

By Phebe Wahl

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08.25.17

These local luminaries are disrupting the beauty and fashion industries, offering both style and substance.

Renee Tavoularis
“It’s indicative of and inspired by where we are right now in our lives and our wellness journeys,” says Renee Tavoularis of Well Within, the line she launched with business partner Lynne Florio earlier this year. The pair worked side by side at La Prairie for more than 20 years, gaining great success—but at the price of undue stress. “We lacked balance; we lacked time for self-care and well-being—ironic considering we were in the beauty industry!” says Tavoularis. “Lynne and I strongly believe that beauty, nutrition and lifestyle wellness is a multifaceted journey—a continuum—that constantly shifts and evolves,” she explains. Despite her bustling new beauty business, Tavoularis still calls the East End home. “I grew up on Montauk—back when it was a quiet, sleepy town that felt like a million miles from the city,” she says. “The Hamptons bring me home... quite literally.”