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February 27, 2013

Mathilde Thomas and her husband’s beauty brand has conquered France. America is next.

New York, a week after Superstorm Sandy, and the morning of Obama’s re-election. In her new store in a prime corner location on the Upper East Side, Mathilde Thomas is lining up bottles of Caudalie skincare products with the precision of a chemist. A digital display shows the view from her bedroom at her family’s vineyard, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, with leaves rippling in the breeze. The central counter is made from wine barrels and the wallpaper is decorated with pictures of the varieties of grapes the family grows.

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