Two Historic Icons Reunite
2016 is a big year for us. It’s a year in which we recreate history with our return to the newly restored InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel with an exclusive amenity collection created especially for this elegant property. The Barclay hotel once housed the first Caswell-Massey store in New York City, and we are so delighted to be back!
The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel is a New York legend. Built in 1926 as part of Grand Central Terminal’s urban design plan, it played a pivotal role in Manhattan’s Midtown East renaissance. With a fashionable, yet residential atmosphere, the hotel quickly became popular among the New York Social Register set.
In that same year, Caswell-Massey, America’s oldest chemists and perfumers became the Barclay Hotel’s first tenants, opening a flagship store inside the hotel and remaining there for 84 years, making us the longest- standing retail tenants at the hotel. Prominent New Yorkers and Hollywood celebrities such as George Gershwin, Katharine Hepburn, Jacqueline Onassis, Judy Garland and Greta Garbo were frequent visitors to our store on Lexington Ave.
The soda fountain at the store, the first of its kind, was frequently used as a meeting place by celebrities who would come to the store looking for unique bath and body products that our founder Dr. Hunter sourced from all over the world.
The bespoke range of bath and body products that we created for the Hotel, is both a testimony to our rich and long history with the Barclay Hotel, as well as our entry into a new era of a longstanding partnership.
The Barclay Collection
Created in partnership with leading olfactive design firm, Nose Knows Design, each of the products in the Barclay Collection add up to a fragrance journey that is a contemporary reflection of the charm and grandeur of the original 1926 hotel.
The Barclay Collection includes a Shampoo and Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion and Bar Soap. The unique scent features the notes of juniper berry, basil, lemon, spearmint and ylang ylang. Each product when used in conjunction with each other creates an overall layered scented portrait unlike any other.
The product mirrors the matchless quality & attention to detail that Caswell-Massey has always been known for. Rich in beneficial ingredients, The Barclay collection is sure to be coveted by the hotel visitors and Caswell-Massey customers alike who wish to replicate the luxurious experience of this posh hotel destination in their own homes.
This exclusive collection will soon be available for purchase on our website!