According to Fragrantica who reports based on the Business Wire reportage:
"Estee Lauder started to build a strong portfolio of prestige perfume brands with the aquisition of Tom Ford. Recently, Le Labo and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle have also come under EL control. Now, Kilian Hennessy - the grandson of the founder of The LVMH Group - sold his brand to EL, although everyone was always hinting at the big support of LVMH behind By Kilian."
It's also reported on The Street Insider. (section Acquisitions/Mergers)
The Lauder Group portfolio currently includes: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M·A·C, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Marni, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian.
My grumbling had began in 2013 when I lamented the "loss" to Big Market of L'Artisan Parfumeur and later Diptyque and Penhaligon's. And it was back then that I featured a true indie's views on how the market works and what lies in the future ahead. When Frederic Malle was bought by Lauder in 2015 the furore spread on online communities like wildfire. And Le Labo's acquisition too.
It's safe to assume that if your favorite fragrance niche brand is expanding, issuing more and more perfumes and accessory products (candles, linen sprays, hair scents etc.) it's bound to get sold very very soon! However if The Aesthetic Principle® should apply, fear not; you shouldn't feel guilty of fanning the fires of capitalism.
But let's revert to the case at hand.