Laurice Rahmé of Bond no. 9 will be at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City on December 19th from noon to 5 to introduce the line's new signature fragrance, Bond No. 9 Perfume:
Gifts will also be handed out to loyal customers, and Ms. Rahmé will be on hand to chat and sign your favorite Bond bottle!
so how does one distinguish the loyal customers from the curious hoi polloi ;-D
LOL…they have their methods.
I guess you have to show up with an armload of half-empty B#9 bottles…I bet the Saks people would love that.
I tried many Bond no9 fragrances and they didn’t really work for me.She worked for Creed and when they had a falling out she talked bad about them.Yet they have not dissed her as they could have.She was like yeah I owe them money but I am not going to pay them.I just didn’t like her attitude this is just another example of her behavior.I personally think Bond no.9 is overrated and coming out with so many fragrances just cheapens the line.I am waiting for Bond no.9 Eiffel Tower so cheesy.Don’t waste your money on them I bought some and hated it.But, it sells good thats all.
There are a few Bond scents I really like, but it is a large line and I don’t love all of it.
I like some of them, too, but agree it’s way to big of a line for what they really have to offer. And there is something about Bond No. 9 that rubs me the wrong way, though I can’t really put my finger on it. Part of it is that it feels to me like a status symbol brand–most of their fragrances have a much cheaper counterpart, and it seems like the only people who would choose to buy the Bond are those who think that money buys quality, even with all evidence to the contrary.
That said, I love Broadway Nite and Westside, and am trying to love Chinatown. (I like it in theory at this point.)
I love Chinatown and Silver Factory, but I can see what you mean. B#9 is really a triumph of branding and I guess they have a whiff of that NY chutzpah about them (I’m from Brooklyn so I can say that). They seem to have rolled out a lot FAST, to make as much dough as possible!
Yes, they seem so bright and beautiful I feel I almost have to shade my eyes. Recently they arrived in a department store near me (in Australia) where an large and very prominent counter is devoted to them. Bond#9 must have to pay extra for prime real estate like that, surely? The range is bewildering for anyone unfamiliar with the associations suggested by the New York locations. It would take several visits to test them all without becoming confused. And they are expensive!
Agree with mss kitty about the status. However, I would like to try So New York and Chinatown.
I thought Bond No. 9 WAS Creed. I mean, I thought it was the Old Navy to Creed’s Gap – skewed younger and trendier, but the same parent company. Or maybe more like Co-op to Barneys since they are both pretty expensive.
No. I think Laurice was essentially Creed’s US distributor at some point, or something along those lines. Then they got into a dispute, and pretty sure there was a lawsuit.
I never knew! All this time I just assumed they were the same.
i honestly feel that every Bond No. 9 fragrance launched is done in a tastefully and represents New York City. The Bond No. 9 fragrance line is a creative and of extreme high quality- all my friends love it and get countless compliments.. I cannot speak more highly of a fragrance line.
I am not impressed with the Bond fragrances either. And having seen Ms. Rahme in person and in action, I have no desire to repeat the experience.
Eek! That speaks volumes!
hmmm thats weird….i went to her Saks Short hills appearance… she was so sweet and helped me choice a fragrance that worked great with my “body chemistry” – i scored the Andy Warhol Lexington ave
what happened when you went to visit laurice?
Personally, I think Bond No. 9. are drugstore scents dressed in niche clothing. Every one I’ve tried while not terrible is completely void of originality and smells incredibly cheap.
I’m going to defend them, a little bit. The line is all over the place, the prices really are too high, and some of the scents aren’t especially good (Wall Street makes no sense), but others honestly are terrific: the Andy Warhol line is good-to-great, So New York is enchanting (a fruity floral with an unexpected caffe-latte core), and New Haarlem is a coffee scent that’s even better than the excellent Pure Coffee by Mugler.
I don’t know anything about Laurice Rahme’s past or even the company itself. But I’ve tried a bunch of Bonds and I like more than half of them, so that’s something.
If you like half the line, you like more of them then I do, but I agree they’ve got some great things: Chinatown is brilliant, and I’d say the same of the first Andy Warhol. I also liked the other AWs, and both Eau de New York & Bryant Park are fun scents. New Haarlem is also good if not “me”. So, mixed bag, but that’s true of many lines.
Two other things I like about Bond in comparison to some other niche brands: one, they make it easy to get samples, and two, you can avoid the premium for the fancy packaging by buying by the ounce in the stores. They used to let you do that w/ your own bottles but I don’t know if they still do.
I read on Basenotes that New Haarlem was created by the same perfumer that made Rochas Man and that they both smell alike but that Rochas man was cheaper.I took my tester to the store and tested these both one on each arm and yes they smell alike.Now instead of wasting your money on New Haarlem you can get Rochas Man they are the same.That was one thing that really bugged me is how the fragrances seem to be dead ringers for cheaper fragrances but poured into a Bond bottle they cost three or four times more.
Interesting range of polarized opinions here, with a measured bit of balance from Pyramus & Robin.
I recently bought decants of Brooklyn and Little Italy (surprisingly, the candied orange pop of the latter caught my fancy). I also like Silver Factory and New Haarlem, but neither is a must own. Fire Island is also fun to smell a sample of. I keep hoping I’ll see the supposed genius in Chinatown.
Interesting to hear the erstwhile connection of Rahmè to Creed, since to me Chez Bond is one of the cheapest-smelling fragrances I’ve tried, and it evokes the exact reaction I’ve had to a couple of very nasty Creeds. I find both lines wildly inconsistent in a way I don’t notice as starkly in other lines.
Some of the Bond fragrances do smell very “Creed-ish” — it isn’t an aesthetic I’m fond of.
I sent in the card for the Bond membership to recieve samples.Now that was 4 years ago and I have never gotten anything from them not one sample.At first I just assumed it would take time then when I read about other ladies getting samples that sent their card in after I did I emailed them and asked them kindly if they can send me a sample of whatever new Bond came out.I ended up getting a rather rude response like well we don’t know when you will get samples which translated to basically we don’t care.I still feel like that was unfair.But, it really turned me off to their fragrances.A sample here or there could of made me a loyal custumer who knows.But, I decided to sell my Bond’s and then spend my money else where.
I like Creed Royal Water and Spring Flowers but, I don’t own either.But, I would buy a Creed I won’t buy a Bond.
That’s a shame, I think most people have found them very generous with samples.
I’ve never gotten a sample for Bond No. 9 either. But I have received Bond No. 9 samples in the mail from Saks, where I bought my two bottles. I think it didn’t dawn on me until just now that Bond never came through. Frustrating, indeed. Well, if they’re ok with losing customers…