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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    Fox Paine & Company, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, controls L'Artisan Parfumeur. I suspect they must have taken some big hits in the current economic climate and would want to scale back their burdgeoning efforts to spread the L'Artisan name.
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    It is sad.
    I think that the Henri Bendel boutique, with it's dedicated SAs, is now the official shop-in-shop and official US L'Artisan Boutique. I'm quite sure they will continue with Barneys, NM, Aedes, etc. who only have product, not boutiques.
    I was always astounded that they opened so many US stores in very high rent areas. The ones in NYC were always super friendly and cool, but always super empty of customers.
    I hope the restructuring of their US business makes them stronger.

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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    It makes sense for L'Artisan to continue supplying sellers. No crushing overhead as with their own outlets.
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    Zoinks! L'Artisan is a sister company of Penhaligon's. In fact, I thought they were the parent company. I know Pen's is cutting back in the states but I hope they don't pack up and leave.
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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    I got an Ambre Extreme on eBay for $35 (there's still one left!)... oh wait, this isn't the 'Today I bought' thread??

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    lol


    i havent ordered any l'artisan samples in like 2 months....i picked a great week to do so! that about fits into the rest of my luck this week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by argogos View Post
    Zoinks! L'Artisan is a sister company of Penhaligon's. In fact, I thought they were the parent company. I know Pen's is cutting back in the states but I hope they don't pack up and leave.
    Penhaligon's are exploring new product areas and have some 5 or 6 releases planned this year. They seem to be doing well at the moment, despite the recession.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    I think their basic problem is that not enough of their fragrances have a sufficiently broad appeal - unlike, in my opinion, Penhaligon's who are continuing to explore new product lines with new and exciting products.

    Out of the entire L'Artisan range I maybe like two and even then not enough to make me go FB on them. Dzonka, or however the hell it's spelled I like most along with Voleur de Roses, but there are other frags out there way ahead in the queue before those.
    I share your viewpoint. Dzing and Dzongka are quite nice but really hard to wear which prevents me from getting a bottle. Penhaligon's is much more wearable and like you said, comes out with really good frags. L'Artisan have made some serious missteps with their recent frags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dredmahawkus View Post
    are you sure? they are the number one niche in america....so their website claims.....i ordered samples this weekend and they havent come yet...uh oh!
    I ordered samples abd bought a sachet almost two weeks ago and have not received them.
    Sad news indeed.
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    If all they're doing is closing a few exclusive boutiques, as unfortunate as that must be for local shoppers, I will be relieved if its not going to seriously affect global availability. For a minute, I was hyperventilating there!
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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    they got caught in the crossfire, that is expanding. Not really a small niche company not really a large designer company, the worse scenario. I suspect many other will follow.
    The luxury market, despite what some are saying, is taking a big blow, watches, jewelery, cars, planes, boats, clothing, etc etc .....this is the tip of the iceberg, worse yet to come. trust me on this.
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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    An SA at Neiman's in San Francisco told me yesterday that once they sell their stock of L'Artisan, they won't be getting any more. It sounds like exisitng stock only, and there was only one bottle of Timbuktu on the shelf.
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    I ordered samples last saturday....they had no problem taking my money! this is odd. Has anyone who ordered anything in the last week or 2 , and had not recieve anything yet, call them and ask for an explanation? i mean i dont really care about $7 samples.....I just saw they had samples of their $300 exclusives up there so I ordered samples of them to try them.....anyone order a bottle from them? maybe its time to stock up a little! good thing i have 2 bottles of mure et musc extreme!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    An SA at Neiman's in San Francisco told me yesterday that once they sell their stock of L'Artisan, they won't be getting any more. It sounds like exisitng stock only, and there was only one bottle of Timbuktu on the shelf.
    As of this posting, the US website is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by dredmahawkus View Post
    I ordered samples last saturday....they had no problem taking my money! this is odd. Has anyone who ordered anything in the last week or 2 , and had not recieve anything yet, call them and ask for an explanation? i mean i dont really care about $7 samples.....I just saw they had samples of their $300 exclusives up there so I ordered samples of them to try them.....anyone order a bottle from them? maybe its time to stock up a little! good thing i have 2 bottles of mure et musc extreme!
    I ordered samples about two weeks ago and haven't received them yet. I did call, and I talked to someone (at Henri Bendel, I assume) who said they were pretty backlogged because of the changes but that they were sure mine had been sent. On the website my order was listed as "processing" and they claimed that meant they had been sent. I'm not sure I believe that, though.

    It is just $7, but I still really hope that they arrive. Although, I'm not sure what would be worse: Not getting the samples and losing a few dollars or getting the samples, falling in love with one of them, and then not having anywhere to purchase it!

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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    This reads like a script to a perfumista disaster movie
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    i have pretty much every l ;artisan sample made......and when i looked this weekend they had fluer oranger and another exlusive harvest one for sampling...i dont think they had those before or i just didnt notice.....i kinda wish i knew they were going to be here still....i bet they probably dont even know that answer right now. i would go get a T42 a dzing a back up of timbuktu. maybe a voleur de roses. those are on my list of things to get.....but my list is long and my dollars are deminishing. If i were told they were going out business forever they would move to the top of the list!
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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    When I came home today I had a voicemail from Sheryl at L'Artisan (I imagine it is New York, since the area code of the phone # she left is 212).

    She said that they had been delayed in sending my samples and sachet because they did not have the sachet and it would not come for another two weeks, so they were not sure if they should send me the samples and refund the money for the sachet. She left a phone number. I will call tomorrow and find out more about what is happening with the stores.
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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    As of this posting, the US website is offline

    (weep)
    Yep yep. Technically the page still loads but the refrenced Flash object is missing. Also, the /store/ directory is gone.

    It looks like this problem applies to only the US site, though. You can still visit other international pages here, even Canada.

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    Canadian site brings up "Error-cannot connect to database server!"

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    Well, at the moment some of the US site is back online. Maybe this means they're just getting things reorganized and updated! Hopefully there will soon be a happy ending to the perfumista disaster movie.

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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    I just talked to Brian at L'Artisan. Yes they are closing the stores at Madison and Colombus. When I asked about the Chicago one, he said oh yes we are closing some stores, it is a business decision but we are not going out of business.

    We talked about my order and everything was fine.
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    cool so maybe i will get my samples this month....and i dont have to unload my bank account on stock piling!!!
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    An update for the other samplers:

    I got my package in the mail today! So I guess that's good news for others who are waiting.

    There's one small issue that I was hoping to get some feedback about. Two of my samples aren't the nice, carded versions they normally send and are in plain glass vials that are not labeled in any way. They did write the names of the fragrances on two business cards and I'm assuming they hooked the vial over the edge of the matching card, but the hook is so small it wouldn't have lasted more than a couple minutes like that while being bounced around in the mail. Should I suck it up and just try to figure out which is which based on basenotes reviews? I was actually hoping to order more samples, but not if it's going to be a guessing game each time. Has anyone else gotten samples like this?

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    This is indeed sad news to hear...

    I blame it all on that gimmicky looking $250 "Chez Moi" room diffuser!!

    It's difficult to imagine that was a huge seller..

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    Certainly an interesting line and very innovative. Usually the first to go in hard times. Passage de Enfer was my first niche and blind too. I'm thinking determined fragrophiles will still find it somewhere. I would definitely not want ever to be without a bottle of Mechant Loop.

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    Default Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur - Breaking News

    Quote Originally Posted by jwpianoboe View Post
    An update for the other samplers:

    I got my package in the mail today! So I guess that's good news for others who are waiting.

    There's one small issue that I was hoping to get some feedback about. Two of my samples aren't the nice, carded versions they normally send and are in plain glass vials that are not labeled in any way. They did write the names of the fragrances on two business cards and I'm assuming they hooked the vial over the edge of the matching card, but the hook is so small it wouldn't have lasted more than a couple minutes like that while being bounced around in the mail. Should I suck it up and just try to figure out which is which based on basenotes reviews? I was actually hoping to order more samples, but not if it's going to be a guessing game each time. Has anyone else gotten samples like this?
    Yes, I have.
    At the time, there were no carded samples of the newly launched Fleur de Liane and the recently recontinued L'Eau du Navigateur made yet. I was told there were no carded samples of their "vintage" line, (Fleur de Narcisse, Fleur d'Oranger, Iris Padilla) but they were nice enough to tape the glass vial to a business card with the name of the fragrance handwritten on it.

    I'm going to miss going down to the Thompson Street botique. Cheryl and Michele are golden.

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    I placed an order for samples about a week ago, maybe a little longer, but I have received mine. I did get one that was on a business card-but it was for one of the special editions and when I called the downtown store a sales associate (Bryan?) told me it was cuz they don't make the special ones in reg samples...he also said that they were not goin outta business...he was very nice.

    I haven't heard anything on any other sites abouthtem goin outta business-maybe this is just specualtion? I dunno I hope so though! They are great!

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