COURT NIXES YSL DEAL
NEW YORK — The Commercial Court of Nanterre in France prohibited the sale of Yves Saint Laurent Parfums products over Parfumsnet’s Web site, parfumsnet.fr. (The suffix “.fr” indicates that the Web site is French operated.)
The ruling, in favor of a writ issued by YSL Parfums and Parfums Van Cleef & Arpels, disallows the unauthorized distribution of the company’s products by the Parfumsnet site.
The decision allows YSL Beaute to regain full control of its brands, the Internet development of which it described in a statement as “a major growth opportunity.”
In 1991 YSL Parfums was given an exemption by the European Commission allowing it to sell its products through a selective distribution network to help protect its brand image and quality.
A release from the company said its new e-business department will continue consultations with its distributors and the European authorities “concerning online sales of its products, fully respecting its brands, its global distribution network and the quality of its products.”
YSL Beaute, a division of Gucci Group N.V., markets makeup and beauty products under brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Roger & Gallet as well as licenses with Oscar de la Renta, Van Cleef & Arpels and Fendi.