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SEPHORA-BOUND: High-end French beauty brand Sisley is Sephora-bound, again. Six months after announcing it had ceased its commercial relations with the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain, Sisley said conflicts between the two...

SEPHORA-BOUND: High-end French beauty brand Sisley is Sephora-bound, again. Six months after announcing it had ceased its commercial relations with the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain, Sisley said conflicts between the two companies have been “clarified” and that they’ll resume their commercial relations. According to industry sources, the conflicts had stemmed from Sisley taking issue primarily with service at Sephora.

MANKIN MOVE: Elizabeth Mankin has joined Chanel Inc.’s Fragrance & Beauté division as vice president of beauté marketing. Mankin most recently worked for Lancôme, where she was vice president of makeup marketing. In her new position, Mankin will oversee all domestic marketing in the U.S., including new programs and strategies for Chanel color cosmetics and Precision, the French house’s skin care collection.

L’OREAL NAMES: Remi Lugagne, 38, was named deputy managing director for Europe for L’Oréal’s luxury products division. He replaces Tony Petychakis in the role. Lugagne was formerly managing director for France of L’Oréal’s luxury division. That job has been taken by Martin Guillou. Most recently, Guillou headed up Gemey France.

DISTRIBUTION DEAL: Gary Farn, Ltd., has become the U.S. distributor for Ferragamo Parfums SpA, the Florence, Italy-based company announced recently, in a deal made effective Jan. 1. As a result of the signing, Gary Farn will now handle the Salvatore Ferragamo and Emanuel Ungaro designer fragrance collections in the U.S. Previously, Fragrances Exclusive handled distribution of Ferragamo Parfums here.

GIVAUDAN NUMBERS: Swiss flavors and fragrances firm Givaudan reported 2002 sales of $2.02 billion, up 11.4 percent over the previous year. All dollar figures have been converted from the Swiss franc at current exchange rates. Excluding currency fluctuations, sales would have been up 18.2 percent. The group’s gross profit was up 10.7 percent to $958.5 million while operating profit was up 2.3 percent to $304 million. Net income after tax was down 6.6 percent year-on-year to $192 million.

ROUND TWO: First, American Designer Fragrances wanted Kenneth Cole customers to “Stir the Air.” Now, the U.S.-based unit of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which holds the Cole fragrance license, will tell customers to “Wear Me Out.” The latter tag line backs a new $1.5 million print ad and sampling campaign — a follow-up, albeit smaller, to the original $10 million “Stir” effort, which supported Cole’s men’s and women’s fragrance launches last fall. The first effort had wider reach and included television. The new “Wear” ad breaks Sunday in The New York Times Magazine and will run in April, May and June issues of fashion and beauty magazines.