David Pirrotta — Founder
From makeup counter to mogul, David’s career is nothing short of the American dream, beauty edition. The floor at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman in NYC are what ignited the spark for sales, catapulting him into high level Sales, Director, and VP roles at Jeffre Scott, Red Flower, The Art of Shaving, and Sharps Barber and Shop. This culminated into 25 years of deeply intimate and extraordinarily passionate industry experience that left but one option— to open his own boutique agency.
More than just a beauty bureau, David’s knowledge and experience about what makes a brand successful has created an altruistic niche. When he finds a small brand he believes in, he helps build them the foundation for organic growth. With this mutual success blossomed his eponymous firm, David Pirrotta Brand Management and Distribution, known today as David Pirrotta Brands.
ILIA Beauty and RODIN Olio Lusso just a few cult-favorite brands David has helped bring to the forefront of the beauty world. Sachajuan and Grown Alchemist both received pivotal backing while part of the David Pirrotta brands family. Today, he’s created a platform to share ideas from thought leaders in the skin care and makeup world, interviews with founders, and general industry intel and musings via his shoppable site and journal, Materiae. He leads his team in providing an array of customized services to each of his housed brands, all of which are tailored to help them grow their customer bases and expand into international markets.
Chelito Villaflor — Sales Director
Chelito is no newbie to design and retail. He comes from the aesthetic worlds of merchandising and interior design, blessing him with a technical eye for the most nuanced details. He brings this skill and discernment to David Pirrotta, elevating our brands and the vibe to the next level as Sales Director, but it’s more than just an eye for good looks. He nurtures and cultivates genuine relationships with our stores and buyers to build up our brands from a sincere place. Outside of his role at David Pirrotta, you can find him at Eskina, a “tiny cornershop of needs and wants.”
Ashleigh Van Pelt — Business Development Director
A true lover of sales, Ashleigh joins the David Pirrotta team after years in both the fashion and beauty industries in New York City and Los Angeles. She has an extensive background in growing and building strong partnerships with retailers and brands. Ashleigh thrives on facilitating combinations of true creativity and commercial success focused on product and sales.
Cody Sai — Marketing Director
Cody has more than a decade of experience in fashion and beauty between NYC and LA. He knows a thing or two about getting small brands in the right light at the right time, earning him a reputation for otherworldly marketing skills. He knows just how to highlight and project a brand’s unique voice and vision, knowing that for many, it’s less about sales and excess and more about a brand’s story and personal mission. Cody manages and oversees all things Materiae—think e-comm, editorial, visual, and more. He’s a walking, talking, lovely emblem of what we do here at DP.
Ben Trust — COO
Ben has worked at the intersection of creativity and management for a wide
range of industries. His strong background in finance and operations
gives Ben the ability to develop new strategies and business models
to transform revenue potential. For David Pirrotta Brands,
Ben’s role as COO focuses on corporate and financial operations as well as working closely with the CEO on day-to-day operations and
longer term strategic planning.
Richard Cosby — Warehouse Operations
Richard is a warehouse veteran. He spent his teenage summers working out of his father’s coffee warehouse. When he wasn’t hitting the streets from skateboarding to punk rock in the 80’s, to motorcycles and classic rock in the now, he’s been dedicating his time to startups in operations, and setting up manufacturing and distribution. From candles to custom motorcycles, he has extensive experience streamlining and curating workflow systems that just work. He’s taken his incredibly effective yet playful spirit to man our warehouse operations, including distribution and our new 3pl, being the perfect fit for the familiar vibe here at David PIrrotta.
Jill Freeman — East Coast Sales Manager
Jill has been getting her hands dirty, literally and figuratively, in the world of cosmetics for over a decade. As a makeup artist working backstage at NYFW, she’s been credited in numerous editorials. But it’s not just about the scene to Jill, she does it for the deep, intrapersonal connections she forms when working this closely with talent. This ingenious energy and sincere passion for building strong relationships is what carves out such a perfect place for her at DP.
Erik Jimenez — Operations Supervisor
We have a deep respect for people like Erik, who dive into sales in industries they love, and immerse themselves in every way possible. From retail management at Urban Outfitters to Wholesale at American Apparel and Industry of All Nations, and Receiving at Mohawk General, Erik has culminated 15 years of experience that spans both floor and product. Erik has an appreciation for clean, minimal design, ’80s post-punk and goth, and of course, skincare, so we admire his drive to position his career around the aesthetic with which he is aligned. HIs edge, his ambition, and his expertise make him a perfect fit here in the DP family.
Catlin Miller — Sales Manager
Catlin has an eye for both design and beauty. She studied textile and apparel design in NYC, found a career in interior design, and then made the swift decision to begin anew with aspirations here in Los Angeles. She quickly built up a dossier of knowledge from working in fashion wholesale and production, but while living in the land of wellness-plenty, she discovered her love of all things health and beauty. Her experience and drive was more than welcomed here at DP, where we support not only the growth of our brands, but of like-minded people like Catlin.
Sydney Sexton — Sales Manager
Sydney is a Los Angeles native with a special, nuanced taste in the world of skincare. Her background in beauty, fashion, and luxury sales as well as her experience as a licensed aesthetician bolster an incredible wealth of knowledge in this dynamic, ever-evolving industry. She knows David Pirrotta’s goals of discovering and showcasing top-performing, brand new labels, and is impassioned about the process; an obvious match for DP.
Vivian Guerrero — Customer Care Specialist
Vivian grew up a neighbor to California, in sunny AZ. Now living in the land of wild poppies, Lancaster, CA with her husband and sweet beagle, she takes on the new world of beauty with her experience in customer service. Her previous customer service adventure was in the party rental business— think big-deal moments like weddings— and while beauty is much different, the moving pieces are no less. Her degree in criminal justice gives her a grounding sense of service, and her love of music and road trips keeps her playful. She takes true pleasure in helping people get what they need and desire to the best of her ability, finding joy and personal connection with the needs of others.
Junior Rodriguez — Warehouse Clerk
An LA native with a profound respect for the inner workings of the city, Junior is a CSUN student and a dedicated DP family member. He has a discerning eye for the meticulous, and it shines through via his role in distribution. Because both the brand’s wishes and our client experience are at the very top of our priority list, he takes great care to pack our products down to every last unique and thoughtful detail. He lends the final touch of delight for mail orders here at David Pirotta.