Arango Cigar Co. is currently introducing its latest product acquisition … Chacom pipes and accessories … to its nationwide network of tobacco retailers. By late August, pipe smokers should begin seeing the Chacom lineup of quality products on tobacconists’ shelves.
Arango purchased the inventory and distribution rights to the venerable and world-renowned Chacom line from the former importer/distributor, XYZ Direct, Ltd., earlier this year. Arango also obtained the Wessex catalog of pipes and accessories, Denicotea filters and filtered pipes and cigarette holders. Also, part of the inventory includes Rattray’s pipe tobaccos, Mastro de Paja pipes and humidors, leather goods from Martin Wess, and other tobacco products and accessories. According to company president Michael Gold, Arango has a full inventory of Chacom products, along with the others mentioned above. Gold states, “These European houses now provide across-the-board compatibility with our existing catalog, which facilitates easy and convenient one-stop shopping for smokers.”
Chacom pipes are available in price ranges to satisfy every smoker, from value-sensitive daily smokers to pride-conscious connoisseurs, and finally, collectors of limited-edition artistic masterpieces. Arango distributes the majority of their Chacom inventory in the accessible manufacturer’s suggested retail price range of $65 to $90.
The next tier of pipes, for the brand-conscious smoker, sees many models from $95 to $160. With factories in both France and England until 1970, the selections reflect the creative statements of both countries. Several styles and finishes fill this bracket, in both the distinctively classic French and British shapes. Arango’s catalog includes 22 standard briars … their variations in finish brings the total number of choices to over 95.
Chacom also offers unique and exquisite limited-edition collectible pipes, with high-end suggested retail prices. Due to the smaller market for such signature pieces, Arango does not carry them in active inventory, but can obtain them from the factory by special order.
Chacom enjoys a long history that dates back almost to the dawn of modern pipe smoking. The founding Comoy family first supplied Napoleon’s soldiers with pipes in 1825, in Saint-Claude, France, which became the world capital of pipe-making. Comoy’s first pipes were made from the boxwood tree, before the discovery of the far-superior briar root in 1856.
Company head Henri Comoy and his cousins, the Chapuis family, later formed H. Comoy & Co., Ltd., England’s first pipe factory, working in parallel with the Saint-Claude operation. Upon Henri’s death in 1920, the company adopted the brand name “Chacom” for their pipes, using the first 3 letters in the names Chapuis and Comoy. Today, the company distributes their pipes in over 50 countries.
According to Gold, “Chacom pipes are admired worldwide for their beauty, creativity and quality. We are proud to carry the Chacom banner forward, perpetuating its long and proud history.”