S.T. Dupont and Davidoff of Geneva USA announce that they will enter into an exclusive distribution agreement in the United States effective January 1st, 2016.
The newly announced agreement between the companies further solidifies an already strong relationship between the two. S.T. Dupont produces several of Davidoff’s lighters in its French manufacturing facilities, while Davidoff serves as distributor for S.T. Dupont in Switzerland and elsewhere.
According to S.T. Dupont President Alain Crevet, the aim of the partnership for his company is to strengthen its success in the United States with lighter and cigar accessories, while growing its market share in the luxury pen, leather goods, and men’s accessory market.
Davidoff believes the agreement with S.T. Dupont will aid in its goal to be the “indispensable business partner” to retailers, including its network of Appointed Merchants. President Jim Young commented, “We are delighted to add the S.T. Dupont brand to our portfolio and look forward to building the brand together with our colleagues from S.T. Dupont-Paris. This is a great fit, both for the brand line up as well as a great fit culturally between our two companies.”
S.T. Dupont has expressed gratitude to its current distributor Lotus International for its dedication over the past 8 years, and has also announced that the company will continue as its after-sales-service center for the US.
All three companies are jointly committed to deliver high quality products and services to the US market.
For nearly 145 years, S.T.Dupont master goldsmiths and silversmiths, lacquerers and trunkmakers have created unique and durable objects that are entirely crafted by hand and made in France for exceptional individuals. This legendary and unique know-how, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit true to founder Simon Tissot Dupont, contribute to perpetuating the international aura and recognition of a House that embodies Fine French Craftsmanship. It is with great pride that S.T.Dupont preserves the know-how of its master craftsmen, who are heirs to skills passed down from generation to generation.
About Oettinger Davidoff AG
The CHF 1.23 billion Oettinger Davidoff AG with over 3,600 employees around the world, traces its roots back to 1875 and remains family owned to this day with two distinctly different businesses: one that is focused on FMCG distribution in the Swiss market and one dedicated to the core business of producing, marketing and retailing premium branded cigars, tobacco products and accessories. The premium branded cigar business include Davidoff, AVO, Camacho, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum. The Oettinger Davidoff AG business is anchored in a strong “crop-to-shop” philosophy, having pursued a vertical integration from the tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to the worldwide network of over 70 Davidoff Flagship Stores which complement a network of strong Appointed Merchants around the world.