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MacPherson’s Joined Forces With Savoir-Faire

On November 23, 2020 MacPherson’s announced the merger of MacPherson’s with Savoir-Faire, one of the industry’s leading importers and distributors of European art supplies. This agreement represents the latest in a series of strategic moves by MacPherson’s to achieve the goal of expanding its product portfolio, services and operational capabilities. The addition of Savoir-Faire serves as a major milestone in growing customer access to some of the world’s top creativity brands.

“We look forward to bringing our friends from Savoir-Faire into the MacPherson’s family,” said Dave Schofield, President & CEO, MacPherson’s.

“Adding such deep experience and expertise to the MacPherson’s organization will be very helpful as we work jointly to bring the best products and support to creativity consumers around the world.” He added, “Today, we’re in a measurably better position to provide greater access to amazing products and world class operational support.”

Savoir-Faire Co-Founders Maureen Labro and Pierre Guidetti, sales executive Laurent Duthoit and other key members of the company will transition into MacPherson’s and play an integral role in stewarding a smooth transition. The Savoir-Faire team will continue to own and support their current brand partners and customers, bolstered by the support and resources of the MacPherson’s team. Founded in 1981, Savoir-Faire got its start by importing art materials made by Sennelier—the historic French oil paint company founded by Gustave Sennelier in 1887—to the U.S. The first shipment of materials arrived in old-fashioned wooden crates.

Savoir-Faire’s leadership are excited and confident this move will deliver great benefits to the industry, and the artistic community as a whole. 

“We’re thrilled to join forces with MacPherson’s! Both Pierre and I are extremely proud of the work we’ve put into building Savoir-Faire for the last 40 years”, Labro said. “We’re excited to start a new journey. Joining MacPherson’s is a natural evolution for our life’s work, which is to help fuel the joy one derives from the creative process.”

Savoir-Faire, a 40-year-old company based in Novato, CA, known for its expertly curated catalog of proprietary brands and high-touch customer education, gains access to MacPherson’s industry leading sales, merchandising, operational and support capabilities. Together, MacPherson’s will continue to lead the industry, ensuring partners and customers of every size and shape continue to access the world’s best fine art supplies, and benefit from enhanced product education and marketing support.For more information, please visit:

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