My family and I stopped by the Neiman Marcus flagship store in downtown Dallas for several hours this afternoon between business commitments to look at tableware, crystal, and fragrances. The store is wonderful. I won’t get into the housewares I found (my favorite being a pewter accented serving pitcher adorned with sculpted fruits for when we have friends over for brunch), but since the site has quite a few people who follow the fragrance posts, I’ll admit I purchased an 8.4 ounce bottle of the newer Creed Royal Exclusives line called Creed Sublime Vanille. It has top notes of vanilla, middle notes of Tonka bean, and base notes of bergamot orange, Calabrian lemon, and rare musk. It comes in a handblown Pochet bottle, as do all of the Royal Exclusives.
[mainbodyad]The awesome part is the sales associate gave me miniature bottles of Creed Spice and Woods and Creed Jardin d’Amalfi to try for extended use. That way, I can be sure if they will work for me. (Her willingness to do this almost made up for the fact she kept cross-contaminating all of the sample bottles by using the same fragrance dipper to provide samples, destroying the individual notes of the bottles by mixing them.) I would have loved to have acquired them from Hall’s, my favorite regional department store in Kansas City, but management won’t let them carry the Royal Exclusives in stock, I didn’t want to wait on a special order, and I found the Creed counter on my way to the elevators. I’ll wear it for a few weeks and then write a review of my thoughts on it once I have worn it several dozen times.
I also picked up two bars of Creed soap – a Green Irish Tweed and a Virgin Island Water – to use at the hotel since I prefer it to the hotel soaps you find at even the best properties.
There is a business and investing lesson in this: I am incredibly loyal to Hall’s. However, inventory matters. You cannot sell what you do not have in stock, at least not consistently. Had Hall’s maintained these in Kansas City, I would have bought them all from them. Sometimes, trying to optimize your current assets too much can reduce revenue.