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    Forgive me if I am late to the party, but why is Derby not generally available and extremely expensive?

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    I bought a bottle many years ago when it was part of their regular release line. Then I believe it was discontinued and resurfaced later as part of their Les Parisiennes line which is an exclusive line I believe at a higher price point. Don't know why this happened though. Others, I'm sure can shed more light on this.

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    Perhaps, as it often happens, when something's not a big seller, but appeals to a few discerning people, companies cut back and move the product to the more expensive lines. Department store space is expensive, so companies only keep there the few best sellers.

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    ...it is said Guerlain will keep it exclusive. They're probably right: imo Derby is rather nice but really nothing special...a bit dull wet hair smell; nevertheless it sells better than when it was released in 1985...!

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    you know what though, when I looked at the official Guerlain website, Derby is not mentioned among their fragrances. Not even under the exclusives. I'm beginning to wonder if it actually has been discontinued...again apparently, from what hednic said. I just checked the Guerlain website and once again, nothing. Maybe it's getting a new bottle? But surely it would be mentioned if it was still in production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarrhymester View Post
    you know what though, when I looked at the official Guerlain website, Derby is not mentioned among their fragrances. Not even under the exclusives. I'm beginning to wonder if it actually has been discontinued...again apparently, from what hednic said. I just checked the Guerlain website and once again, nothing. Maybe it's getting a new bottle? But surely it would be mentioned if it was still in production.
    http://www.guerlain.com/int/en/base....les-parisiens/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarrhymester View Post
    you know what though, when I looked at the official Guerlain website, Derby is not mentioned among their fragrances. Not even under the exclusives. I'm beginning to wonder if it actually has been discontinued...again apparently, from what hednic said. I just checked the Guerlain website and once again, nothing. Maybe it's getting a new bottle? But surely it would be mentioned if it was still in production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    oops, you are right trauerkraut and pluran. Also, for those in the United States, apparently select Neiman Marcus Stores carry it (in case anyone reading was curious about where they could find it). I was told Atlanta, Northpark and Houston stores. I confirmed this by calling one of the stores. here is a number for the Northpark store: 1800-756-5784, ext 2522. 3.4 fl. oz, around $240. They will ship of course. Or Guerlain boutiques, if there is one nearby. I'm sorry this doesn't help you though brescd01.
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    Hmmm I fnd it to be readily available and reasonably priced.
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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby

    I never tested this, so I cant really comment about it. But i do have a sample on the way

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    Default Re: Guerlain Derby

    It's available for those who really want it, but the shit's 250 bucks a bottle now. Ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarrhymester View Post
    you know what though, when I looked at the official Guerlain website, Derby is not mentioned among their fragrances. Not even under the exclusives. I'm beginning to wonder if it actually has been discontinued...again apparently, from what hednic said. I just checked the Guerlain website and once again, nothing. Maybe it's getting a new bottle? But surely it would be mentioned if it was still in production.
    Websites are not always the latest sources of information.

    IMO, Guerlain's Derby, even in the new version, is a very understated classic.

    Too bad the bee bottle is now history. It has been replace with an ugly wooden monstrosity that is not consistent with the timeless elegance of the scent.

    I would agree that it is more for the discerning buyer and not for the general scent-buying public. Just like Apres l'Ondee, one has to search for it or ask for it, or buy from boutiques.
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    I agree that it is more for discerning buyers than the average guy. The lack of mainstream popularity keeps it's widespread availability down. Personally I love it.

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    Derby is only available in the US from Bergdorg Goodman in NYC if I'm correct. I believe it's in extremely limited production (maybe the least-produced non-limited edition scent they offer; Arsene Lupin sells better!). You can order by phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingthealien View Post
    Derby is only available in the US from Bergdorg Goodman in NYC if I'm correct. I believe it's in extremely limited production (maybe the least-produced non-limited edition scent they offer; Arsene Lupin sells better!). You can order by phone.
    The Guerlain boutique at the Palazzo in Vegas might carry it, but they no longer have the bee bottle, sadly. You may wish to call them at 1-866-409-6110. You may also order by phone.

    The Bergdorf number for Guerlain is 1-800-558-1855 x 2734.
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    Seems to be available at Saks Fifth Ave, but not if you go directly to the website. Found an ad using a Google search:

    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/...er=GGLPRADS001
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    The vintage version of Derby, if well kept, is a much better fragrance with considerably more lasting power than the current issue. It was around $3 per ml (eBay) until just a few months ago.

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    I am just enjoying the bee bottle of this scent. I am dismayed to find the new version in the wooden bottle has been altered to be more "citrusy."

    Has anyone tried the newest stuff?

    The older Derby was a wonderful leather chypre.
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    I got mine at Guerlain Las Vegas (in the bee bottle) a few years ago...was underwhelmed by it--nice, but not WOW, and not my style, so I sold it here.
    I retained a few milliliters, and revisit it periodically, but my opinion never seems to shift.
    I actually found it a bit 'old lady-ish' in the drydown! Weird, huh?

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    It is my understanding that Derby is now officially available only by going physically to the Guerlain store in Paris. I've seen the occasional bottle from a third party on-line for a gigantic price. I have made inquiries to various retailers with no results.

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    Neiman-Marcus in San Francisco had a tester in the bee bottle this past weekend. I didn't inquire about stock.

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    I believe the Guerlain counter at Harrods (London) has it... at least they did when I was there in April. I sniffed it there and loved it, but came home with Arsene Lupin Dandy instead which really was a love affair, though I'm told the new formulation isn't a patch on the old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanky View Post
    Neiman-Marcus in San Francisco had a tester in the bee bottle this past weekend. I didn't inquire about stock.
    I've asked about it in the Neiman Marcus in Boston and they don't carry it, nor does the downtown Saks. It does seem you can order it from the Saks website at $245US. Could be they are doing a little relaunch with that hideous bottle. It would seem pointless to create a new bottle if they weren't going to distribute it.

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    I own five bottles of vintage Derby, three in the wide, ribbed bottle sometime described as the "eagle" bottle, and two in the tall rectangular bottle common to vintage Vetiver and Habit Rouge.

    I found these at prices well under $100 per bottle, which is considerably less than what the current version sells for. It might require some work and patience, but good deals can be found. I haven't tried the current version. I do not find the vintage versions to be all that powerful, and wouldn't expect the current one to be, either.

    Why is availability limited? My guess is that it wasn't selling well enough to be kept on the general market, but there was enough interest by aficionados to offer it as part of a special line produced in smaller amounts.
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    Hey guys - what's similar to Derby?

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    Pretty unique IMO.

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    I've tried desperately to get past the powder bomb to enjoy the other notes. This one just hasn't clicked with me yet (ducks for cover)...

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    According to Luca Turin, ELdO Je suis un homme. To be honest, the similarity to my nose isn't that strong. But both are wonderful.

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    I know what doesn't smell like Derby. Derby. If you like Derby don't bother with Derby. It's nothing like itself (anymore)

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    I think that if you stuck Derby into a "modernizer", it would come out as Tom Ford Extreme. I know a lot of people will find that relationship tenuous, but there is a certain elegance that goes from Paris to New York City and from the ballroom to the ritzy rave when you go from Derby to Extreme.

    I also think that, among classics, Caron Troisieme Homme has certain strong similarities. It's more floral, and less chypre, but there is a smoky streak that links them in their elegance.

    But I have not found anything quite like Derby, so I had to buy it.
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