We wrote last year about the demise of the Georgette Klinger brand, and its revival by the founder’s family, but it seems like fans of the brand will still have to wait.
We have written a number of times to the email address that was on the website, but have not heard back, though we have gotten a form-letter thank you as recently as December.
Dear valued patron,
Thank you for writing to the new Georgette Klinger. Kathryn and Trevor are working hard to restore the company and start producing products in the near future. We will let you know as soon as we are back up and running. We will try our best to respond personally to the emails we receive within 7-10 days. If you do not hear back, please know that we truly appreciate our clients and look forward to serving you again in the near future.
Kathryn and Trevor
The new Georgette Klinger
When the company shut down in 2007, it had 11 salons and employed about 300 people. It had long been separated from the family, and was in the midst of a grand expansion plan that failed.
The chain was founded in New York in 1941 by Georgette Klinger, who died in January of 2004. Their Madison Avenue salon was one of those quintessential New York experiences. In the age of glamour, Klinger sold health. The family sold out in 1988; at the time the sales were in $20 million range, according to the Klinger release.
It would seem a likely candidate for revival as opening a salon has very low barriers to entry, as they say in economics land. Getting the formula back into production seems to be more of a daunting an expensive thing, but that too can be done modestly.
We are sure it is a challenging time for any start-up; we wish the children well. We guess fans will still have to wait.