I am not pleased. No, not pleased at all. The first line of products released from Downton Abbey should not be beautiful and delicate soaps. It should have been hats! Or jewelry, or perhaps gowns? I would absolutely buy a Downton gown. That being said, I will confess I was an absolute fan girl when I heard Marks & Spencer were going to release a line of official Downton Abbey cosmetics in October.
I will buy all the things!
According to the Daily Mail, who had the exclusive on the announcement of the beauty news, the line will focus mostly on gift items such as soaps, candles, and bath balls. Katy Winter from the Daily Mail says, “the packaging features delicate floral designs in rich tones of gold, emerald, and burgundy, capturing the ornate Downton Abbey look and the classic elegance and charm of the Edwardian era.”
These products are most likely the first wave of items to roll out to consumers. In April, Gareth Neame, the managing director of NBC, purchased Carnival Films (the UK production company that produces Downton Abbey), and said creating a product line was always part of the plan, they just wanted to do it the right way. He says, “It’s a very slow burn the moment you get into retail, it’s extremely cautious, it has to test the established brand…No one wants to launch products if the show’s going to be a flop.”
Marks and Spencer will be the only place to get Downton items for the next two years, as NBC Universal signed an exclusive merchandising deal with them. Here’s to hoping all of these products are easily obtained online!
Scratch that! Here’s to hoping there’s a trip to the UK and a visit to Marks and Spencer in my future!
Take a look at the Downton Abbey Cosmetics
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