I'm sad to say that one of my favouite bath and body brands from childhood is in trouble. WWD reports that the US branch of Crabtree & Evelyn is filing for Chapter 11, as it can not recover from a multi-million loss in the past two years. The company was founded in 1972 and currently makes over 25 lines like India Hicks Island (Living and Night), Nantucket Briar, Naturals and La Source. They have 126 stores and employ over 950 people in the states.
At least I can stock up on my favourites here in the UK, I just hope the company doesn't become redundant altogether. The good news is that The Guardian reported that, "The British branches will remain unaffected." There are even plans for two additional store openings within the next couple of months.
Whilst I know that I've been tightening my belt during this terrible credit crunch, it's sad to see how many businesses are being affected. Do you use Crabtree & Evelyn? If so, what's your favourite product?