Washington, D.C. 20549-1004

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

               Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) :
                                January 13, 2003

                         The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                                        11-2408943
(State or other jurisdiction of                (IRS Employer Identification No.)
 incorporation or organization)

                        Commission File Number: 1-14064

767 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York                          10153
(Address of principal executive offices)                    (Zip Code)

              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Item 9.  Regulation FD Disclosure

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the
Paris-based Darphin group of companies that develops, manufactures and markets
the "Darphin" brand of skin care products. The transaction is subject to certain
significant conditions, including potential review by French competition
authorities, and is not expected to be completed until later in the fiscal year.

The Darphin group was founded in 1958 by renowned dermatological specialist
Pierre Darphin. Currently the group is owned and managed by Andre Benet and his
family. Under terms of the agreement, Mr. Benet will continue to direct
Darphin's creative activities, its manufacturing and the sale of Darphin
products in Europe and through its distributors.

Darphin products are sold to consumers at high-end independent pharmacies,
primarily in Europe, and at specialty stores in over 50 countries around the


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

                                             THE ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES INC.

Date:  January 13, 2003                      By:     /s/Richard W. Kunes
                                                     Richard W. Kunes
                                                     Senior Vice President
                                                     and Chief Financial Officer
                                                     (Principal Financial and
                                                     Accounting Officer)