BUSY BEES: France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault and Guerlain ceo Laurent Boillot were among those gathered Friday afternoon to inaugurate the brand’s new skin-care and makeup production facility in Chartres, France. The 233,333-square-foot center is called La Ruche (the hive), in a nod to Guerlain’s L’Eau de Cologne Impériale scent — whose bottle is decorated with bees — that was created for Empress Eugénie in 1853.
The high-tech and environmentally friendly facility, which employs 350, is set to produce 22 million units annually, of which 75 percent will be exported. It became operational in September.
La Ruche is located in the region know as “Cosmetic Valley,” which is also the name of a business cluster — which Guerlain helped found — that’s comprised of numerous beauty companies.