Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, said it took 11 years, not nine months, to convince Sisley to create a counter in the chain’s 59th Street flagship. But when the owners of the prestigious French brand arrived for the official opening of their new 475-foot facility last week, they appeared quite happy.

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“I’m very impressed,” Isabelle d’Ornano, one of Sisley’s co-founders and vice chairman, said of the newly renovated high-tech cosmetics department. “It’s a very modern store.”

She apologized for the absence of her husband Hubert, who could not make the trip, then quoted him while asserting that she expects great results from the brand’s entry into the flagship, despite the raging recession. “As my husband says, ‘It’s always in difficult times that you do the best business,’” she said.

Her son Philippe, Sisley’s president, added: “I found it to be very modern, very exciting and very luxurious.”

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