And none of it is particularly good.
* Napoleon Perdis continues his quest to become a legit luxury brand. The latest move is doing the opposite of what we've seen from Lancome or Clinique: Napoleon Perdis, which is now sold at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman, is pulling out of Ulta. Personally, I don't mind one way or another except for my general feeling that the products are not exactly Bergdorf quality (and you can find better at Ulta as well.
* Much sadder is the closing of Brooklyn's Woodley & Bunny . It was a beauty salon with an adjacent boutique that offered niche fragrances and cosmetics. It was where I met Ellis Faas a few years ago, and was quite impressed with their selection. Twisted Lily is now the go-to place for fragrance in the borough, but there's a gaping hole where it comes to indie makeup brands.
* But the most flabbergasting news is the change coming to Henri Bendel. A few years ago they got rid of their fashion department (remember when they still carried DVF?) and filled the store with tacky accessories. They lost the MAC mini-store a couple of years ago, moved their fragrance department several times, and stubbornly refused to go where every other department store in the known universe has gone and offer their entire perfume and cosmetics stock online. Now they're eliminating all the third party products, which means everything not under their own private label. They will have a full store devoted to their merchandise, basically rendering it nothing but a (very lame) tourist attraction. Is there such a massive demand for brown and white stripes to justify this move? Who will take up their place as one of the city's best fragrance retailers? Will we ever set foot there again after September? (And most important: will there be a massive clearance sale like they had when Takashimaya closed?)