29 December, 2009. Bronxville, NY. Francesco Clark, 30, founder and president of Clark's Botanicals, gets off the standing machine (or easy stand) with the help of his assistant Kathryn Whitney (right), 18, and maid Silvia Saldana (left) in his home office in Bronxville. Francesco Clark suffers a crippling cord injury due to a swimming pool diving accident on June 1, 2002. Clark's Botanicals was born out of the tragedy.
With his central nervous system impaired, Francesco, who was then an assistant stylist at Harper's Bazar, lost the ability not only to walk, but even to sweat. This led to clogged pores and chronic breakouts. When neither over-the-counter nor prescriptive remedies worked, he turned to his father, Dr. Harold Clark, a physician trained in both traditional Western medicine and homeopathy.
Together they developed botanically-based formulas that effectively rebalanced Francesco's skin, clearing it up entirely. Through word-of-mouth, other people discovered and fell in love with these products, and in 2005, Francesco began selling Clark's Botanicals on his website.
©2009 Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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