Foreplay is not their thing

But both Malle and Le Labo are well aware of the dangers, having rejected other offers. Malle describes it as a flattering, often amusing process. “You have fund managers and bankers coming to see you all the time, wanting to buy you out,” he says. “And foreplay is not their thing. You’re sitting having a nice breakfast with them, and suddenly they’re talking about merging your company and telling you what you’re doing wrong.”

— Fabrice Penot (of Le Labo) and Frédéric Malle talk about selling their respective brands. Read more at Boutique perfume: on the scent of a deal at Financial Times.

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2015, part 8

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector bottles from Viktor & Rolf, Lalique and Lacoste, plus a new balm format from Le Labo.

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Anniversary edition

From Viktor & Rolf, a collector edition of Bonbon: “Join Viktor & Rolf in celebrating the first anniversary of BONBON. This sparkling limited edition bottle is positively radiant…”

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Estee Lauder buys Frederic Malle

In its third luxurious and somewhat idiosyncratic acquisition in less than a month, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase artisinal [sic] fragrance brand Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. [...]

The Malle acquisition joins new siblings Le Labo, an irreverent artisinal [sic] fragrance brand that Lauder acquired on Oct. 15, and upscale skin-care business Rodin Olio Lusso, which it bought last week.

— Via Estée Lauder on a Spree, Buys Frédéric Malle at Women's Wear Daily.

Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 18

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special editions from Hermès, Nina Ricci and Dolce & Gabbana, plus new solid perfume compacts from Le Labo.

Hermès 24 Faubourg numéro 24

From Hermès, a collector edition of 24 Faubourg with a “numéro 24″ pattern recalling Hermès silk scarves. €125 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum at Sephora in France…

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