Each downtown, midtown, or uptown locale of the vibrant city of New York is represented in every fancy, star-shaped bottle of Bond No. 9. Launched in 2003, it derives its name from the address of its headquarters boutique at 9 Bond Street, NoHo, Manhattan. It has a wide range of scents catering to both men and women. It introduces Jr - new scents every season in its mission to "restore artistry to perfumery, and mark every New York neighborhood with a scent of its own."
From producing gloves for the French aristocracy in Grasse in the 16ms, Rance, led by Francois Rance, only took perfume making as top business priority in 1795. It earned merit from Napoleon and thus led to the creation of Le Vainqueur, Triomphe, and L'Eau de Austerlitz. In creating Le Vainqueur (or, "the victor"), Rance drew inspirations from the Mediterranean atmosphere—bright citrus fruits and elegant jasmine enriched by the musk of leather, wood, and iris—that were "so dear" to both himself and the emperor. Modern brands Diptyque and L'Occitane also offer Mediterranean olfactory treats.
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Known first as creators of furniture and ceramics, Astier de Villatte opened its range of scented candles and fragrances only six years ago. The perfumery team is headed by Francoise Caron. For its candles more importantly Astier de Villatte uses 100 percent natural wax and captures "aromatic journeys"—from Naples, Italy's pastry houses to Delhi, India streets to Mantes-la-Jolie's pungent herb market. Penhaligon's, meanwhile, also crafted Sartorial, inspired by Savile Row in London. It fuses the traditional notes of oakmoss, tonka bean, and lavender, and the musky smell of wood, leather, violet leaf, honey, and spices, which is altogether an overtone of a tailor's workroom.
The Near East
Francis Kurkdjian, the award-winning French perfumer behind Maison Francis Kurkdjian, holds nearly 30 years of experience. Despite working with designer houses like Dior, Versace, and Giorgio Armani, he remains true to his bespoke and artisanal beginnings—always working on relaying emotions through his scents. For example, the brand's APOM (A Part Of Me) documents the beauty of the Near East, specifically of a journey to Lebanon.
Photographs by Ian Castañares
This story first appreared on Vault Magazine Issue 14 No 2 2014.