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  1. #31
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    Default Re: San Francisco, CA

    Is the Hermessence collection sold at the Hermes store in SF? THANKS!

  2. #32

    Default Re: San Francisco, CA

    yes it is.

  3. #33

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    Anyone know some good places to go hunting for some Gucci Envy (for men)?

  4. #34

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    Bay Area, CA

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    I went to Barneys recently and it blew my mind. After going through the Le Labo and Frederic Malle counters I was done. I wanted to sniff more there but I was in perfume overload. The woman there was super helpful. I think her name was Billie? It appears that they mix the Le Labo fragrances onsite or was that some sort of gimmick?

    i dont make it up to sf enough, but i need to. i need to go to saks, neiman marcus, nordstrom, Chanel and Hermes. There is so much I haven't had a chance to sniff.

    the nordstrom at valley fair in san jose is fair. they have all the Tom Ford private blends and even had a few Bond no9 fragrances there. they told me Nordstrom was possibly going to pick up the full line.

    the neiman marcus in palo alto is also fair. they have a great Creed counter with a helpful and knowledgeable saleswoman. they don't have l'artisan there anymore. they carry Atelier, Acqua Di Parma.

    i would love to meet up with other fragrance geeks to go sniffin in sf sometime. message me if interested.

  5. #35
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    Barneys - really knowledgeable and friendly folk. Full range of Le Labo, Frederic Malle and L'Artisan plus the usual designer suspects. (plus an assistant who likes to take the mickey out of Creed longevity)
    Macys - disappointing range. Nothing like as strong as in New York.
    Saks - Tom Ford, By Kilian and Bond St. Jo Malone plus lots of designer stuff.
    Neiman Marcus - Creed, more Jo Malone plus designer stuff.
    Bloomingdales - very disappointing selection. Nothing special.
    Sephora - normal stuff, plus DSquared which I haven't seen anywhere else.
    Saks for Men - Tom Ford, Clive Cristian and Bond Street. Small selection.
    Chanel Boutique with the exclusives.
    Diptyque with really helpful team.
    Gumps - Floris, Penhaligons and Histoires de Perfum. Sniffing 1740 on my right wrist as I type.
    ...and sniffing Tiffany for men from Tiffany's on my left wrist.
    Nordstrom, more Jo Malone and a big designer range.

    A whole bunch of designer stores, plus 50% off at Ed Hardy!

    Really good for frags. No Serge Lutens still but I will look again tomorrow and try to score some more samples.
    Last edited by Sticky Threads; 11th February 2012 at 09:51 PM.

  6. #36

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    I'm going to San Francisco next month and I neeeeed to know: Neiman Marcus stil carries Guerlain exclusives?

    And I saw the city has Prada stores; do they sell the exclusive line? I want so badly No. 11!!

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  8. #38

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    I will be going to SF in July and am looking for Oliver Durbano Black Tourmaline. Anyone knows where I can find this?

    If anyone from here wants to sniffing in SF somewhere in the middle of July, give me a line. I am a tourist though, do not know my way around the city ..

  9. #39

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    I will be in the City next month. Anyone know if there is a place to pick up ELDO or Montale?


  10. #40
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    San Francisco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outerlands View Post
    Sheesh, this is a very dilatory response, but yes, Neiman Marcus does stock the entire Guerlain collection, including the exclusives. They, however, don't carry the Desert d'orient collection.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Also, Bloomingdales at Westfield Centre now carry the entire Tom Ford Private Blend collection. They, however, don't provide samples even after repeated requests. They just say they don't have any, and even refuse to make some. Fine then, I'll take my business to the Tom Ford counter at Neimans or to Saks who're more than happy to furnish me with generous samples.

    Also, Serge Lutens is only available at Barneys. Neimans doesn't carry it anymore. Barneys, on the other hand, doesn't carry By Kilian anymore. Byredo is exclusively sold at Barneys.

    Personally, I find the staff at Barneys, Saks and Nordstrom to be the friendliest. Especially at Barneys. I've been there three times, and on two of those occasions I've ended up buying FB's, but regardless of whether I buy or not, the staff are excellent. The SA's at Saks have been pretty amazing as well. The SA's at Neiman Marcus, on the other hand, tend to be either out of their depth or too busy. Or they're just stood there and answer you in monosyllables. I'd rather head to Barneys or Saks or Nordstrom than cop attitude from a NM SA.

  11. #41
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    Barney's is excellent, and the biggest reason to go there is the entire Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle line.

    I believe the main Saks store facing Union Square still carries the By Killian line.

    Neiman's is excellent; Nordstrom in the nearby San Francisco Centre is very good too.
    I thought they used to have some of the Etro line, but it's been a long time since I visited there.

    As for boutiques, I have never been much impressed with the YSL boutiques stock of fragrances; they never seem
    to have many choice. The Chanel boutique is well worth a visit for the Les Exclusifs. Just a few doors down Maiden Lane
    is Diptyque. Very worth the visit.

    San Francisco has so many great fragrance purveyors.
    Currently wearing: Allure Homme by Chanel

  12. #42

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    Here's some additions, although some have already been mentioned:

    Jacqueline - On Geary. The proprietor, named Andre, is definitely a curmudgeon who I've gotten to know and sincerely like. He's just an old Frenchman who has been passed by both time and place. Notable items: large Caron selection, Parfums Regence (Kolnisch Juchten), small inventory of Amouage.

    Neiman Marcus - In Union Square. Large inventory of Guerlain, Creed, Tom Ford, Maison Francis Kurkdjian. A notable recent addition is the Dior La Collection Couturier Line in which the staff is much more knowledgeable and gracious than at the nearby Dior Boutique - ask for Hilary, who is the specialist there as well as the specialist for L'Artisan at Barneys.

    Of Note - If you want good service and knowledgeable help with the Tom Ford line, then go to the main Saks Fifth Avenue (NOT the men's store, which has a piddly selection), which leads me to . . .

    Saks Fifth Avenue - They carry Guerlain but the staff there are not informed so you're better off spending your time and money at Neimans in this realm because they usually have a Guerlain specialist there full time. Saks does carry the full Tom Ford line and are much more helpful, as well as Bond No. 9, By Killian, and a comprehensive range of Penhaligons.

    Barneys - Union Square. By far the most friendly and knowledgeable staff, but their are tiers of sales associates there so if you get one person who stumbles over information you are requesting then ask for someone to help out. There they carry: Commes Des Garcons, L'Artisan, Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, The Different Company, Yosh, Byredo, Heeley, Arquiste, Le Labo, and X-Ray. They do NOT carry Parfums DelRae anymore.

    Diptyque - Union Square. Great shop with very laid-back people working there. Diptyque is sold everywhere now but I still insist on giving the shop my business.

    In Fiore - On Post Street about six blocks away from Union Square. Mostly cosmetics now with them ONLY selling their line of solid perfumes in compact cases.

    Gumps - Off of Union Square. You're pretty much on your own in this store with the way the fragrances are intermixed with soaps, candles, and those fugly annoying reed diffusers. They carry a sizable but incomplete collection of Histoires de Parfums along with Santa Maria Novella, Penhaligons, Floris, and Atelier.

    ZGO - Castro. I'm very happy this place opened up. First they were bath products and candles but they now have curated some decent fragrances. Of note, they carry a good selection of Amouage and their Tribute Attar. They also carry Histoires de Parfums, a few Commes des Garcons, Diptyque, Nasomatto, Agonist, and Nez a Nez. I'm very happy that we have access to a larger range of Amouage in San Francisco.

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    I have to give an update and a shout-out to the people at ZGO in the Castro. They have extended their line of Amouage to include Honor and Fate and then the Tribute attar.

    Also, they are the only shop in San Francisco that I know of who carry the Etat Libre d'Orange line.

    They added the perfumes also from an Australian nose - Tommi Sooni. I highly recommend you guys try Eau de Tommi Sooni.
    Last edited by HORNS; 21st October 2014 at 03:17 AM.

  14. #44

    Default Re: San Francisco, CA

    Neiman Marcus in Union Square downtown now carries the Dior exclusive scent collection, I am happy to report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    Neiman Marcus in Union Square downtown now carries the Dior exclusive scent collection, I am happy to report.
    I really enjoyed that collection, tried it last week. Took home a bottle of Dior Cologne Royale, and a sample of the Vetiver

  16. #46
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    Anyone know where to find Al-Rehab in the Bay Area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmn View Post
    Anyone know where to find Al-Rehab in the Bay Area?
    I live in the Bay Area but I ordered my Al-Rehab Silver from:

    I have no idea where to get it locally, but I'd imagine it would be a place similar to that al-rashad website...

  18. #48

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    Tiger Lily Perfumes, on Valencia Street in the Mission carries:

    Andy Tauer
    Neela Vermeire
    Papillon Artisan Perfumes
    CB I Hate Perfumes
    Maria Candida Gentile
    Bruno Fazzolari
    Imaginary Authors
    Olympic Orchids
    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz
    Bois 1920
    - only three of them
    En Voyage
    Last edited by HORNS; 17th April 2015 at 12:34 AM.

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