Industry watchers say Arden will have to make some fancy moves to get the celebrity-backed scent onto shelves at outlets in major markets in the future.
The fragrance was shunned by Federated Department Stores, Dillard Department Stores and May Department Stores Co. after Arden President Kimberly A. Delsing proposed cutting seller commissions to 3% from the standard 5% and selling Black Pearls through J.C. Penney & Co. and Sears, Roebuck & Co. Rejections by more upscale retailers left Arden without a distribution channel in markets like New York, Boston and Washington. Ms. Delsing resigned Aug. 16 and was replaced by Peter England.
"We were disappointed that the launch didn't go through as planned," a Penney's spokesman said.
Whether another launch will take place hasn't been determined.
It was a bad week all around for Ms. Taylor; she and husband Larry Fortensky began a trial separation.