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Jul 23, 2011 02:32 PM

new Le Creuset color? - limited edition "Rosemary"

I did a search and didn't see anything about this, other than it seems it was released in Japan a while ago.

It's pretty, but I just got a 5.5 qt. round (ugh). Maybe if they release the braiser in that color too...

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  1. According to LC's posting on Facebook they evaluated both the Fennel and Rosemary colors for the US market. According to their marketing team they chose the Fennel color as being more suitable and a better fit for US kitchens. Wrong choice, LC!!! According to a salesperson at Bloomies, the Fennel color is the slowest moving LC color they ever had. The Rosemary is SO much prettier!

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    1. re: blondelle

      I'm not that fond of ocean either, it looks much better on their website than in person.

      1. re: rasputina

        Oh I disagree! Love it in person!

      2. re: blondelle

        Rosemary started showing up in a limited range of pieces (no braiser yet) on a site in Germany a couple of months ago.

        The photos on the site look to me like Kiwi -- which I haven't seen available in Europe -- but the WS photo makes it clear that the Rosemary is a darker or more saturated shade, possibly warmer than Kiwi -- which I'd call a fairly cool green.

        Could anyone who has seen both the Kiwi and the Rosemary in person describe the differences?

        1. re: pericolosa

          While we're at it, I wonder how it compares to the "spinach" color that is exclusive to Crate & Barrel.

          1. re: phrekyos

            The Spinach is an avocado color that shades to a blackened avocado. I'm sorry but I found it vile. The Kiwi is soft lime color shading to a bit deeper lime. The Fennel is Xmas, standard green with a little shading. The Rosemary is more like the old Jade color. It's a cooler green, opposed to the yellow green of Kiwi.

            Here's a photo of the Rosemary. Wish we could get it here!


            Here's a whole bunch of LC photos from the LC Facebook site.


            1. re: blondelle

              Thanks blondelle, that's helpful. Recalling your enthusiasm for the Citron+Kiwi combo from a previous thread of mine, what do you think of Citron+Rosemary side by side?

              I think I'd like the Rosemary more than the Kiwi if it were all by itself, but it's got to play nice with the yellow or it'll cause me anxiety every time I look at them.

              1. re: pericolosa

                I've never seen them side by side but they should go together and with the Citron too.

      3. Le Creuset needs to become a member of the Color Marketing Group, THE go to for color trends for the fashion and design industry.

        Their prediction for 2011's "it" color is Honey Moon (a fantastic honey gold) and P'Zazz (a bright purple) as a runner up. Pantone predicts a purple as well. They are all bright. CMG actually put out a press release complete with pictures, I'll add the link at the bottom (takes you directly to a PDF just an fyi) I think it would be a great color for them to have and I really think it would do well. Pantone picked a similar color as their "it" color for 2011. Point being that they are totally going the wrong way with these dark drab colors they have been putting out. They are colors my masculine carpenter fiance would like. I like bright happy colors. Guess who is the one that cooks and picks out the cookware?

        Granted they have tried a few shades of purple, one of them is actually close to CMG's pick last year (Mardi Grape I believe, a gray-purple) but when it comes to cookware my expert color opinion is that most people would shy away from pinks and purples in the US.

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        1. re: Mojave

          If that's next year's hot color, Creuset was a couple years ahead of the trend when they did their non-color graded Saffron color a couple years back...

          Here's a view of it:

          1. re: ProfessorBear

            I like from the saffron color, very nice haven't seen that one. Not that I have been looking

            1. re: JEN10

              I believe it's out of make now... they did Chili, a red without gradient, a blue without change (the name of which I can't recall), and Saffron. I got a piece of Chili at TJMaxx for dirt cheap to go with all of my red.

              1. re: ProfessorBear

                Nice, I do NOT need anymore cookware, thankfully. I have the old grren, not sure which name and the old red too. That saffron would look good with them both, hopefully I won't run across any and feel the NEED to buy it.

                1. re: ProfessorBear

                  PB: "a blue without change (the name of which I can't recall)"

                  Indigo is not a gradient color. It's also more Navy than Indigo, as there's not even a hint of purple in it.

          2. I can speak from seeing it in person yesterday that Rosemary is gorgeous. How they chose to do Fennel for the U.S. market instead is beyond me.

            Rosemary is much more graded of a color and closer to the old jade than the Christmas green of Fennel. I pretty much own all red with the exception of some vintage Enzo Mari pieces in gold and the peppers, garlic, and shamrock ovens. But I am going to buy the Rosemary oven tomorrow. It's that nice.

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              1. re: Jay F

                At the Williams-Sonoma in Beachwood, Ohio. It's really gorgeous and looks very nice with the red. Or at least I'm convincing myself of that fact.

                It's so much nicer than the Fennel.

                1. re: ProfessorBear

                  I thought that all Williams Sonoma was carrying these days is the LC signature line with the new knobs, handles, and improved enamel. The only colors in that are that blackish Ocean, that hideous Linen, and the red and flame.

                  Was the Rosemary in the original LC line, or the new Signature line? Maybe they are giving up on the Signature one. Wonder then if it will be exclusive to WS in the states.

            1. As an FYI (and I don't really follow LC products at all, so I can't comment on how "good" the deals are) there's a 1-day sale at Bloomingdale's tomorrow featuring some of their LC line:

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              1. re: ferret

                You may have just started a MAD morning rush of LC enthusiasts.