To our valued Customers and Partners,
Today, we announce exciting news: the merger of MacPherson’s and Savoir-Faire is complete! What a journey this has been. As I have mentioned in prior communications, we had hoped to finalize the merger back in the 2nd quarter, but the COVID crisis threw us a little “curveball”, so we had to put our discussions on hold for a little while. But after re-engaging our discussions this past summer and with lots of hard work, the time has finally come for MacPherson’s and Savoir-Faire to join forces!
The merger with Savoir-Faire strengthens MacPherson’s ability to drive creativity throughout the world by now having exclusive distribution rights with Savoir-Faire’s marquee brands. Key areas of value with this merger are that Savoir-Faire brands will benefit from the extensive distribution and sales expertise that MacPherson’s has to offer, and MacPherson’s will be adding Savoir-Faire’s deep and extensive experience within the industry. Our shared values and culture mean we will work as one team—one creativity powerhouse—to continually improve the customer experience and provide more tools and value to help our customers grow.
A key part of this new partnership is that Savoir-Faire will be set up as a separate business unit, a Division of MacPherson’s, reporting directly to me. We will bring over the key talent from Savoir-Faire, which includes founders Maureen Labro and Pierre Guidetti, and also key executive Laurent Duthoit, along with key employees in the customer service, product development, vendor relations, account management, training, and education areas, who are needed to maintain continuity and directly support the Savoir-Faire exclusive brands with the same high level of quality and attention that Savoir-Faire is known for—but now with the entire MacPherson’s organization behind them to provide support.
As we complete our businesses’ integration, be assured that we are committed to delivering the high level of service to which you are accustomed. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for our customers. We have created an informational page that has further information on what you can expect during this transition.
We will continue to keep you posted on our plans for integration, and how this merger will benefit you. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or customer service with any questions you may have. We look forward to continuing to serve your needs.
While it has been a very strange and crazy year, we are very excited about our future and feel with all of us working together as a Team—MacPherson’s, Savoir-Faire, our customers, and our partners—there are so many opportunities in front of us to continue to grow your businesses and the entire industry!
Thank you for your continued support.
CEO & President
Savoir-Faire Leadership Team
Born in 1961, Pierre-Yan Guidetti is the youngest in a family of six brothers and sisters. As a child, he would spend his summers in a small coastal village in Brittany, where the 2500 members of his extended family would gather for an annual reunion. Customary as it was to remember every aunt, uncle or cousin by their first name, Pierre developed the talent for public relations at an early age. His love for art quickly followed, as his mother and father enveloped him in the works of Masters with weekly visits to museums, galleries and events. Home was also the venue of many a cup of tea with local artists. Though immersed in the arts, Pierre initially pursued psychology, business and economics in college. At the age of 22, he left France in search of new experiences and opportunities. While completing marketing and business coursework at UC Berkeley, Pierre met his wife-to-be, Maureen Labro, while attending one of her silk painting demonstrations. Fascinated by the charm and attraction of importing creative materials, and the opportunity to bring the traditions of the Old World to the New, Pierre welcomed the opportunity to join Maureen in her endeavors. Quickly, Pierre demonstrated his talent for sales, and his passion for the work turned the small venture into a booming success. His infectious enthusiasm, combined with his jovial personality, made him the confidant of artists such as David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud. For nearly 40 years, Pierre has travelled the United States, listening to the desires and aspirations of artists, interpreting their needs by sourcing and importing the world’s finest creative materials. To Pierre, art is not simply about beauty; it is about life, freedom of expression and the joy of the creative process. The idea that a simple paint brush or pencil can change a life, or even perhaps change the world, inspires and shapes his daily activities, whether it’s giving a seminar at the National Gallery of Art, collaborating with a manufacturer to create an innovative product, inspiring and educating retailers with presentations on the history and influence of the European art tradition, or painting with his two children. Truly an ambassador of the arts, Pierre has made it his life’s work to spread the joy of creativity and of course, Savoir-Faire.
Maureen Labro was born in Paris in 1955 to a French father and an American mother. Her paternal grandfather and father were avid Sunday painters, and her mother, an accomplished seamstress, created clothing and patchwork and lovingly tended to a thriving garden. As a young child, Maureen lived in the south of France, sailing on weekends, until the age of ten when she moved to the suburbs of Paris on the banks of the Seine, home to the Impressionists. Years later in college, Mauree studied architecture and English and was accepted at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At age 23, she was offered the opportunity to travel to the United States to work as a French lecturer at a California university. As the first Christmas season was approaching, she requested a small number of hand-painted silk scarves from a painter friend to bestow as gifts. As fabric painting was an unfamiliar craft in the United States, Maureen offered classes and workshops in the art while still teaching French. In the summer of 1980, Maureen returned to France, and after searching for manufacturers of silk dyes, she crossed paths with Dominique Sennelier, the owner and manufacturer of a celebrated line of fine art materials. It was at this first meeting that a strong bond was forged and Savoir-Faire was born. The first shipment of materials arrived in old-fashioned wooden crates, delivered to the kitchen of Maureen’s cottage rental in Sausalito. With materials in hand, Maureen traveled extensively, teaching silk painting classes and selling materials to local craft and art supply stores. Pierre Guidetti happened upon a demonstration and the rest, as they say, is history. Twenty-eight years later, Savoir·Faire now has six thousand artist tools imported from all corners of the world. Today, Maureen masterfully combines her passions-family, business, travel, gardening, cooking and the arts. Her dream to paint every day still remains very much alive.
Originally from France, Laurent graduated from NEOMA business School with a Masters degree in Management specialized in Sales & Marketing. He spent 16 years in developing brands and managing commercial activities in the cosmetic and fragrance industry in France and internationally working for Van clef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent & Shiseido. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel and discover a lot of countries and cultures around the world.
Since 2005 Laurent has been working in our art materials industry, he joined Daler-Rowney in London to lead the Export business after Patrick Giraud bought the company. In 2010, Laurent moved to the United States, and gradually took over the Sales and Marketing leadership for Daler-Rowney Fine Art & Craft business unit before the FILA acquisition. Since May 2017, Laurent has successfully partnered with Savoir Faire owners’ Maureen Labro and Pierre Guidetti to develop the company’s market shares.
Laurent is a target oriented senior executive with strong ability in elaborating & implementing successful strategy. He is a strong believer that the key leverages to being successful are the team spirit, the brand/product differentiation and a great Social media campaign to reach the end-consumer!
Laurent is a fan of Soccer, playing with friends or watching a Champions league game is always welcome during a weekend. Laurent loves as well to spend time with his wife and two daughters at his home in New Jersey or travelling for vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs and answers to help you understand the details about the deal and the transition
MacPherson’s is a 100% employee-owned company with over four decades of experience connecting the art supply industry. With unrivaled product selection and best-in-class distribution, connecting businesses to the creative world is MacPherson’s top priority. Our portfolio of over 50,000 creativity products celebrates premium quality, value and on-trend brands appealing to creative people of all levels and ages. We deliver logistics brilliance and creativity expertise to a wide array of businesses, including independent, regional chains, mass market and E-Commerce.
For almost 40 years Savoir-Faire has been working to bring the finest art and stationery supplies the world has to offer to American artists. Every product line we represent has been chosen either for longstanding tradition as a premier manufacturer or as an interesting new comer with innovative products and ideas. As both a direct importer and a distributor, Savoir-Faire is committed to forging lasting partnerships with the companies we serve. In addition to working with our suppliers and retailers we are constantly seeking the input of artists for product development. Through our long and committed involvement with the artistic community we are able to provide our manufacturers with direction on how to meet the specific needs of American artists.