10-26-2013, 12:15 PM
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Aesop by Simpsons

Recently I attended to an Aesop store to purchase one of their lather bowls and I noticed they offered two brushes by Simpsons, a Polo 14 in Best and the Major also in Best…

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I didn't purchase either brush, but I did leave with the bowl!

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 10-26-2013, 12:36 PM
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That's interesting, Ben ... thanks for sharing.

I gather Simpson did a lot more of this sort of merchandising with retailer name inscription in the past.

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 10-26-2013, 12:40 PM
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Very nice Polo! I have never seen that before. Thanks for the pics, Ben, and enjoy the bowl! Smile

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 10-26-2013, 07:34 PM
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Good looking brushes, although they look naked without the Simpson branding.

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 10-26-2013, 07:42 PM
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They have the usual Simpson sticker on the reverse.

The PL14 was priced at $350 AUD and The Major was $125 AUD.

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 10-26-2013, 07:45 PM
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(10-26-2013, 07:42 PM)ben74 Wrote: They have the usual Simpson sticker on the reverse.

The PL14 was priced at $350 AUD and The Major was over a $1250 AUD.

Shok

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 10-26-2013, 08:10 PM
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(10-26-2013, 07:45 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(10-26-2013, 07:42 PM)ben74 Wrote: They have the usual Simpson sticker on the reverse.

The PL14 was priced at $350 AUD and The Major was over a $1250 AUD.

Shok

OOPS!!! Necessary edit made... Blush

(Actually that was the 11 pack price Ravi, buy 10, get one free.) Tongue

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 10-26-2013, 08:27 PM
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Ahh ... makes more sense now!

I scrambled there for a moment, thinking the Australian dollar had suddenly devalued ... and that the Polo was therefore a steal ... Tongue

The Aesop store and product presentation have a nice, sleek look. The closest one to me is New York ... I'll have to check it out next time I'm in the vicinity.

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 10-26-2013, 09:13 PM
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Ravi, my wife uses the hand soaps that are conveniently dispensed from pump bottles. As for their shaving line, other than the shave bowl, they had little that peeked my interest. I did purchase a bottle of their mouth wash however after taking a quick whiff!

As for the Australian dollar, it may no longer be at parity with the US dollar, but it has fallen that much!

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 10-27-2013, 12:06 AM
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I saw these when I was in Liberty in London last. A great way to see a brush before you buy. Also the Polo 14 is huge!!! A nice touch was the lettering on the reverse, it's filled in with a lovely gold/orange metallic colour.

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 10-27-2013, 08:20 AM
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(10-26-2013, 07:42 PM)ben74 Wrote: They have the usual Simpson sticker on the reverse.

The PL14 was priced at $350 AUD and The Major was $125 AUD.

Ben, even at these prices they are better than the U.K. even taking into account Shipping/postal costs.

Polo 14 best: 350AUD= £207 U.K price £285.
Major " : 125AUD =£74 U.K price ££109

Sorry forgot to add our silly Import tax,Duty tax + Vat tax on Import * Duty tax and not least forgetting "Royal Mail Handling Fee of £8.00p all this has to be paid for before handing over the good's

That's it from Victor Meldrew. "One Foot In The Grave"

Charles U.K

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 10-28-2013, 04:55 AM
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Agreed Charles, the pricing isn't bad at all...

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 10-29-2013, 05:55 AM
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Thanks for sharing this, Ben! It's nice to see as exotic a brush as a PL14 reaching out towards a larger audience.

USD pricing is the same as the AUD pricing on the Aesop site. So they do seem to be a good value. And there don't seem to be many sellers these days that stock the PL14.

In the sense that these prices are lower than the Simpson direct price, there is the unknown density variable that we must take into account--until somebody actually tries one! They could be of a lower density than we expect from a Simpsons Polo Best. And in the event that one wants to trade/sell it, it would likely have a lower value (or be harder to move) than a Simpsons-branded brush.

All this being said, I really like the sophisticated engraving for the logo. It makes me wish Simpsons would bring back some of the pre-Vulfix style fonts for their engraving since this Aesop brush seems to prove it is technically achievable.

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 10-29-2013, 07:36 AM
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I handled the PL14 in store and nothing indicated to me that it was in anyway inferior compared with the Simpson original or non-Aesop branded version. The knot felt as dense as I would have expected.

As for the Aesop branding, it is NOT engraved and is the same as the Truefitt & Hill rebranded Simpson brushes...

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The pic of the T&H E3 is Andrew's and the relevant thread can be viewed here...

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 10-29-2013, 05:56 PM
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^ I... Need... That... Brush!

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 10-29-2013, 08:33 PM
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Thanks for reporting on the knot characteristics, Ben. I am a bit disappointed to read about the lack of engraving. While it may be simply a nicety on an average-sized brush, the engraving really adds something to a massive brush like the PL14.

At first I was questioning the wisdom of Aesop in selecting such an oversized and hard-to-handle brush for their somewhat more general audience. Then I realized it was the perfect choice--a great way to encourage the burning through of copious amounts of their rather expensive shaving products!

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