Branching out: Byredo

byredoNow this is what I call a pleasing coincidence, a happy accident (sort of), and a spot of good timing. If you all recall, we talked about rollerballs last week. Well, a day or two ago I was poking around on the Neiman Marcus Web site, when a familiar name caught my eye: Byredo. I had to look twice. Byredo, at Neiman Marcus? Well, what do you know! And they have roll-on versions (7.5 ml, $78) in La Tulipe, Gypsy Water, Rose Noir, Blanche, Bal d’Afrique and Oud Immortel. Plus it looks like the full range of sprays, body products and the candles.

Alas, it doesn’t look like my store is carrying Byredo yet. But they do have in-store pickup and free Web site shipping most of the time anyway. So if the line does well, who knows when it might show up in the flesh?

Just looking at those rollerballs had me salivating to try GW and La Tulipe in that form. I do love these scents (and several others), but find them not terribly long-lasting on my skin unless I spray like a fiend, so it would be interesting to see how these perform. And of course, if the opportunity presented itself to try the layering thing, I’d love it, especially since now I’d have to go cross-country to do it. And it would be fun to sniff the Byredo candles as well.

It might take a while, but at least it’s a start to getting a bit more niche selection in my neck of the woods. At one time, we had a Barney’s Co-Op, which started out with a nice range of beauty products and then dwindled to nothing, and finally the store closed. Early on, however, hopes were that we might one day get a real Barney’s, but in light of what happened in Dallas, I’d say that’s highly unlikely now. So Byredo at Neiman’s is welcome, and will be even more so if and when they can get it into the store.

The NM closest to me carries the Ramon Monegal line, as well as Thirdman, Armani Prive, Diptyque, Agonist, and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, so things are moving in the right direction at least. Our Saks carries the Cartier L’Heure line, By Kilian, and the limited edition Diors (New Look 1947, Grand Bal, etc.). And I know that at least one Saks (at the Houston Galleria) carries Frederic Malle and Le Labo. But no doors here carry those lines, or Serge Lutens or L’Artisan. Perhaps one day though …

Have you tried any of the Byredo rollerballs, their body products or the candles? If not, what would you most like to sample? Or what fragrance line do you wish would magically appear at a department store near you?

  • The last time I was at the Le Labo counter, the SA told me that Houston is the only Saks in the country that carries them. My guess is because we don’t have Barney’s here (why, I don’t know), and other cities where their line is carried do. I’m not sure there is one in Texas at all anymore. Dallas closed, and I think there was a co-op store in Austin that is closed too. I told the SA that Houston should get a city exclusive since the Dallas one went away. 🙂

    • Ann says:

      Right you are, Jennifer! And while they’re at it, it would be nice if they would fold the Dallas exclusive, Aldehyde 44, into the main line, or at least make it available at the Houston Saks. it’s not our fault the Dallas Barney’s closed and so many folks really loved that scent. BTW, I’ve always wanted to visit Houston — maybe one day?

  • Portia says:

    Hey there Ann,
    I like the 10ml travel packs by Byredo, I think they’re 3 x 10ml. Great for splitting.
    Gypsy Water and M-Mink are my two faves from the mine so far.
    Portia xx

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Portia! I saw those travel trios and thought they were adorable. When funds allow, I might have to indulge. BTW, so glad you are a GW fan, too!

  • eldarwen22 says:

    I haven’t tried any of the Byredo line because it hasn’t been on my radar. What I would love to see is the Serge Lutens bell jars appear at my local Saks store. Thus far, the Beechwood (Cleveland area) Saks has the best selection of perfume lines and it’s not your regular stuff that you would find at your local Macy’s. I would love to see no 19 EDP sold in smaller bottles and sold in department stores. Now, if Chanel would send the Les Exclusifs line into a Saks store, I’d be happier.

    • Ann says:

      Yes!! It would be beyond wonderful to have SL bell jars at your fingertips. And I would love it if the Exclusifs came into wider distribution. Let’s hope the powers that be are listening 😉