“We don't have the skills to become a big brand company that sells perfume all over — but that is not our spirit,” said Ms. Costa-Webster. “I hate the idea that you can find everything everywhere in the world. I think people like the fact that we are still special.”
— Agnès Costa-Webster of Fragonard talks to the New York Times about the historic perfumery founded by her grandfather, Eugène Fuchs.
John Galliano’s show for Dior, held in the Orangery at the Palace of Versailles, showed the problem at its most extreme. A tribute to 60 years of the fashion house, it was a magnificent spectacle, but there was nothing on the catwalk that any woman could actually wear [...] The enormous cost will be absorbed by the millions of consumers who purchase the make-up, fragrance, tights and so on that bear the Dior name.
— Columnist Colin McDowell talks about the "problem" of couture in the UK Times Online.
“a magnificent spectacle … enormous cost will be absorbed by the millions of consumers …”
Well, at least that's one way of funding the arts.
LOL — yep!
I like Fragronard's way of thinking when it comes to producing their scents and making them sort of semi-exclusive. They can at least be bought online anywhere in the world which is good. But to find them in stores, that's another story. But that's okay. Some of their scents are beautiful.
Oh, Fragonard! In 1981, before I even knew I was obsessed with fragrances, I toured the Fragonard factory in Grasse and bought a bottle of Vetyver, which I still remember vividly. Some day I have to go back (and probably spend a lot more money there).
It is a nice sentiment. Takashimaya used to have a good selection, but don't know if they still do.
Oh, that must have been fun — I'd love to see it! My favorite is the Eau de Garrigues, but haven't tried the Vetyver.