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    Nowhere to try Montale, Lubin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kronik View Post
    Nowhere to try Montale, Lubin?
    Parfums de France sells Montales, and other discontinured fragrances as well - my supplier of Jean Marc Sinan's V.O. He has othe rhigh end brands as well, Clive Christian, Amouage, etc.

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    I'm visiting DC starting tomorrow and I've never been there before. I'm going to be doing a lot of touristy stuff, but I'd like to do some sniffing around as well. Are there any places in DC to sample Les Exclusifs de Chanel or the Prada exclusive parfums?

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    I'll be in Washington DC next month and was wondering if anyone can tell me where I can find Frederic Malle, Tom Ford Private Blend, Helmut Lang and the upper end Guerlains (specifically Spiritueuse Double Vanille).

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    Anyone in the DC/Northern Virginia area should definitely check out Art with Flowers at the Tyson's Galleria. I have to give them a big thumbs-up because I went there today (I posted a thread in "Just Starting Out" about my quest for a new fragrance), and the owner was incredibly nice. I told him what kind of stuff I like, and he picked out about 8 things for me to try. I spent the rest of the time sampling and browsing, and they didn't bother me and let me take my time. They have a wide assortment of Lutens, L'Artisan, Keiko Mecheri, and dozens of other niche lines whose names I don't remember. And without even asking, they handed me a bag of free samples. So nice!

    There's also a Neiman Marcus and a Saks at that mall, which is convenient. I know the Neiman Marcus has Guerlain, Creed, Prada, Jo Malone, and other high-end counters.

    Also, for niche fragrances in downtown DC (specifically Georgetown), I can second the vote for Blue Mercury. Their sales assistants are a little too hands-on for my taste, but they have a good selection.

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    Bump.

    I'll be in DC next week and would like to pick up a bottle of Carnal Flower if I can. Anyone know if Barney's in Georgetown carries the Malle line?

    I'm also on the hunt for Montale if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snafoo View Post
    Bump.

    I'll be in DC next week and would like to pick up a bottle of Carnal Flower if I can. Anyone know if Barney's in Georgetown carries the Malle line?

    I'm also on the hunt for Montale if possible.
    Both of the Barney's in the DC area (Chevy Chase and Georgetown) are Co-ops and they don't carry the Malle fragrances beyond Outrageous! unfortunately. As for Montale, I was very surprised to find them at the Parfums de France store when I was there in August. The owner was very helpful and let me smell several of the Aoud fragrances. They also had a huge selection of other fragrances there even though it's a small store.

    Parfums De France
    8002 Tyson's Corner Center
    Mclean, VA 22102
    Phone: 703.734.0000
    http://perfumedefrance.com/

    It's a little bit of a drive to the Tyson's Corner area, but if you do go you should also check out Art With Flowers. It was such a cool store and the best place for niche fragrances that I found.

    Art With Flowers - 3rd Floor Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA
    Tysons Galleria - 1750 International Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102
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    Does anyone know if SL Fumerie Turque is anywhere to be had in the DC/Northern VA area these days? I checked Art With Flowers last weekend and it was not on the shelf with their other Lutens, and Blue Mercury's web site does not list it.

    Thanks!

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    I just moved the DC area, so of course have been checking out the local fragrance haunts. Count me as another big +1 to Art with Flowers. The owners are incredibly nice, unpretentious, and helpful. We chatted for probably close to an hour about fragrances, perfumers, style, definitions of "luxury," and so on. A really great store with a pretty unique vibe. Right now they have L'Artisan, Lutens, Penhaligon's, Carthusia, SMN, TDC, Ineke, Amouage, ELDO, Yosh, Juliette has a Gun, as well as some others, including these colored fragrances that you dab on...

    ...and while you're there, also in the same mall are many boutiques. The Chanel boutique in particular had all the specialty Chanel fragrances. Of course, they looked at me like I was an escaped convict and watched me like I was about to grab a bottle and make a dash for the door, but hey, at least they have something tough to find. Nieman-Marcus of course has a ton of niche lines. Macy's has the designer lines. And there is a men's store called James that carries some of Bois 1920 line, as well as some Pal Zileri, Kiton, and Canali fragrances, which can be tough to find for sampling. There's also a men's grooming store right next to Art with Flowers that has some of the lines that seem to be popular with the grooming/barbershop crowd - Truefitt and Hill, for example, and a couple others I can't remember.

    Also, for anyone considering a trip further out into the 'burbs of Gaithersburg to check out Rochelli's La Boutique - I stopped by yesterday and it seems to be closed. Their sign is down and the 2nd floor (where it was supposed to be located) is under construction and about to become a learning center. So, maybe this will save someone a wasted trip to Gaithersburg!

    BTW, is there any chance of organizing a little DC meet-up to do some sniffing? PM if you're interested.

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    Parfums de France in Tysons Corner Center on the first level close to Macys carries Montale, Amouage, and other niche brands. Sammy the owner is nice and helpful.

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    Stopped at Tysons. Impressed by the (limited selection, but still) of ELDOs at Art of Flowers (got discontinued Vanilia there).
    And Parfums de France has some nice stuff in 50% clearance right now, got Fracas body powder, Bandit cream, Montana parfum d'elle. And (regularly priced) a vintage back-up bottle of Insense. I almost wanted to get another one, next time maybe. Globe Rochas as well, since I had heard so much about it.

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    I've shopped at Art With Flowers many times before, but never will again. Those people have a nasty streak to them.

    My wife and I went there as part of a Sunday trip to the Galleria - I was hoping to pick up a new Ineke or ELdO. I mentioned to my wife that I would love to have the perfume coffee table book they had on the shelf for Christmas. She pulled out her phone to snap a picture of it so she'd be able to come back and get the right book. The brunette lady behind the counter boldly shouted at her "EXCUSE ME, what do you think you're doing?" When my wife tried to explain, she snapped back that she couldn't take a picture of anything without their expressed permission. When I tried to stop the lady from getting nastier to my wife, she condescendingly snapped at me that people like THEM don't do such rude things. Really? Taking a picture so she could buy me a Christmas gift? Not what I would call a 'rude' action.

    I understand that they might not want people taking pictures of their items for sale (the lady tried to accuse us of being competitors looking at display ideas), but a simple polite question would go miles further than angrily shouting across the store.

    I told her that they had lost long-time customers and a considerable amount of money (I'd spent hundreds of dollars there before but not again), the owner chimed in with "Well, now you'll have a picture to remember us by" in the most snippy way possible. He had the chance to rectify the situation and apologize, but he just continued down the hostile road the other lady had taken and we left the store.

    I am still blown away at how rude they were and how they treated us. I've never encountered such nastiness from a small retail shop employee, much less the owner himself.
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    I've shopped at Art With Flowers many times before, but never will again. Those people have a nasty streak to them.

    My wife and I went there as part of a Sunday trip to the Galleria - I was hoping to pick up a new Ineke or ELdO. I mentioned to my wife that I would love to have the perfume coffee table book they had on the shelf for Christmas. She pulled out her phone to snap a picture of it so she'd be able to come back and get the right book. The brunette lady behind the counter boldly shouted at her "EXCUSE ME, what do you think you're doing?" When my wife tried to explain, she snapped back that she couldn't take a picture of anything without their expressed permission. When I tried to stop the lady from getting nastier to my wife, she condescendingly snapped at me that people like THEM don't do such rude things. Really? Taking a picture so she could buy me a Christmas gift? Not what I would call a 'rude' action.

    I understand that they might not want people taking pictures of their items for sale (the lady tried to accuse us of being competitors looking at display ideas), but a simple polite question would go miles further than angrily shouting across the store.

    I told her that they had lost long-time customers and a considerable amount of money (I'd spent hundreds of dollars there before but not again), the owner chimed in with "Well, now you'll have a picture to remember us by" in the most snippy way possible. He had the chance to rectify the situation and apologize, but he just continued down the hostile road the other lady had taken and we left the store.

    I am still blown away at how rude they were and how they treated us. I've never encountered such nastiness from a small retail shop employee, much less the owner himself.
    I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!

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    Very rude indeed. Do they think that's the way to sell expensive stuff? I had just discovered them and liked some of what they were carrying, but your description doesn't make me want to return there really. I always avoid business with stores where I was treated badly. I guess I'll keep buying ELdO etc in NYC.

    On the positive side in DC, the guy at Galeries des Parfums in the Georgetown mall will soon have to move, and seems willing to sell stuff at a discount. He doesn't have much, but I got a few testers, and set my eyes on a Bal a versailles parfum.

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    Sorry to hear about awful encounter. I was in the store on Thursday of last week. I haven't ever encountered that kind of behavior before and I am a frequent visitor. I have only dealt with the bald owner. There is no excuse for what you had to put up with.

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    Yeah, it really is unfortunate. There aren't really any other options in the area for some of what they stock, but I can't justify that behavior (hednic, the bald owner was the guy who made the 'remember us by' remark). I've got all the ELdOs as samples and will order the Ineke sampler set, so Christmas will be saved.

    I might be moving to Richmond in a few weeks, so it may be a moot point. Oh well - guess it's back to mail order sampling!

    Cacio, thanks for the heads up! I forgot that the Georgetown mall was closing up and I've been to that shop a couple times. Maybe a deal on a tester or two will heal. Unrelated - I can't imagine how little fun it will be for the owner of the Pinball Museum there to get things shipped up to Baltimore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Parfums de France in Tysons Corner Center on the first level close to Macys carries Montale, Amouage, and other niche brands. Sammy the owner is nice and helpful.
    Agree, here! They're quite accommodating and will source anything you're looking for. They even opened a new bottle of Nejma for me to sample once when they didn't have a tester.
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    I'm in DC now and wanted to see where's the best place to go in Georgetown or nearby. Looking for Lutens if possible. Saw some older posts and wanted to check what is still there. Thanks.

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    Not much downtown. Limited selection of Lutens at Bluemercury on M street in Georgetown (next to Sephora; note, there's a bluemercury also in dupont but they don't have Lutens there); they also have some Diptyque. If still open, there is/was a store in the Georgetown mall on M and Wisconsin, Parfums de France, which is moving and selling all their (few) remaining stuff. You might find some testers or the like (not Lutens, though). On the other side of M street relative to Sephora there's Lush, and a couple of blocks towards downtown there's a clothing store selling Penhaligons.

    You really have to go to the outer exurbia (Tysons corner) for interesting stuff. Galerie de Parfums at the main Tysons corner mall is quite good (Amouage, Montales, old mainstream, etc etc).

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    Great. Thanks. I will head to Tyson's tonight. Anything there besides Galerie de Parfums?

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    In the main Tysons corner mall, not really, the usual dept stores. In the Galeria mall (a few hundred yards from the main Tysons mall), there's Art of flowers (lutens, some ELdO, Amouage, and others) and the Chanel boutique (Chanel exclusives).

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    Thanks. Hit both malls accidentally. Tried Amouage for the first time. Good, but not sure worth full retail price. SA couldnt have been nicer at Galerie de Parfums. Also liked Clive Christian C, but again not for the price. $375 for 50 ml?

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    Glad you enoyed the little DC has to offer in perfumes. Not all Amouages are worth, but some are (Gold man). I mostly use the Galerie de Parfums for hard to find mainstream (Metal, Insense, etc).

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    Ugh. Forgot to try Gold. Next time.

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    Went back to Tysons corner. Stopped at Art of flowers (not intentioned to buy anything because of jrdt's report), but they had the Piguets at 50% off (likely, they won't carry the brand anymore; after all Parfums de France does) - so I got the last bottles of Calypso and Futur (perhaps the testers are still available), 50ml for $45 each, sweet deal. there are still 50ml bandits left for the price (and the testers, if they sell those as well). 50% also Figue amere by Miller Harris and another one I forgot.

    Parfums de France didn't have much of interest on sale (I had already raided the rack before christmas). Calandre at $150 seemed more expensive than I remembered. Picked a mini ($7) of Or black and Rabanne La nuit edp ($100). Is Iquitos ($60) worth it?

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    You can probably find a 100ml spray of Iquitos cheaper online. By the way, did you get a special discounted price from Sammy at Parfums de France?

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    Thanks! I like having a brick and mortar store, so I wouldn't mind paying a little more there than online. As long as the frag itself is worth it. (Incidentally, for those interested, I saw both an inexpensive Carven vetiver and Globe - I purchased Globe last time).

    No Sammy there - I've been three times to the store - all saturdays, and there were the same two young ladies (Arabian or Indian?). They did give me some discount last time on regular frags (I bought several things, though mostly from the clearance bin). This time, they offered a $30 discount on the combo La nuit + Calandre, but I didn't feel ready to buy Calandre at that price, so it was just La nuit at the displayed price. But I've never seen Calandre elsewhere and so I might as well bite at some point, perhaps adding yet another bottle of Insense, currently listed at $90.

    Incidentally, also for those interested. Art of Flowers still has a bottle of Artisan parfumeur fleur de narcisse. $250, please.

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    Well, I went on a sniffing spree today in the DMV area, went to Nordstrom at pentagon, Neiman Marcus in Mazza and Tysons, Saks at Tysons, Parfums de France, Art with Flowers, Blue Mercury amongst others. Was a great day, smelled lots of stuff. To back up what everyone has said, the guys at Art With Flowers are great, very knowledgeable and friendly. Picked up some Les Senteurs Gourmandes Vanille Chocolat for my daughters birthday (her first perfume) and he was nice enough to throw in handfuls of samples and made me a sample of his last tester bottle of Chergui. Picked up some Royal Oud from Nordstrom for myself. Blue Mercury in Georgetown now has the full line of Jo Malone and quite a few Diptyques.

    Unfortunately the woman at Parfums de France was fairly rude. When I walked in she asked if I needed anything and I told her no thanks I was just browsing their collection. After about 5 mins she asked what specifically I was looking for and I told her I was probably going to pick up the Creed Royal Oud but I was torn between it and the Montale and the Amouage. Picked up the Royal Oud to give it one more sniff and she says dont spray that just smell the cap, I asked if it was a tester since it was half gone and she said yes but dont spray it, if you want to smell it smell the cap. So I said no thank you and purchased my Oud at Nordies. Unfortunate because she lost out on the Creed sale and she probably could have talked me into the Montale as well had she put forth a modicum of effort, I was also eying a bottle of Bond New York Amber. Oh well, her loss I guess. I will give them another shot when Sammy is there but from now on I will head down to Sephora if I see her working.

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    As you said - her loss and and no reason for her rudeness. I would have done the same thing you did, and if you do return speak to Sammy the owner who is there mornings during the week and tell him how rude his employee was.

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    For those who are interested, the cosmetics company outlet at the Queenstown Outlet mall has Tom Ford Tuscan Leather 100ml for 200.00 and the 50ml of Bois Marocain for 150.

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