Architect and designer Carlos Huber will launch Arquiste, a new line featuring fragrances inspired by history. The brand debuts in September with 6 unisex scents:
Fleur de Louis (June, 1660: "Louis XIV’s first meeting with his young Spanish bride under a newly assembled pavilion of pine and cedarwood on the French-Spanish border") ~ a woody floral with orange blossom, orris and white cedarwood.
Infanta En Flor (June, 1660: "designed to symbolize Maria Teresa, the Infanta of Spain, who was offered to Louis XIV in exchange for peace") ~ a floral musky amber with orange blossom, leather, citrus and immortelle.
Anima Dulcis (November, 1965 [sic]: "interprets the interior of the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria, in Mexico City, where nuns once prepared spiced chocolate with a mysterious blend of chilies and spices") ~ a gourmand.
Flor Y Canto (August, 1400: "celebrates the feeling and smells of an Aztec festival") ~ a white floral with tuberose, magnolia, plumeria and marigold.
L’Etrog (October, 1175: "set in Calabria, Italy and inspired by the festival of Sukkot") — a citrus chypre with citron, palm leaves, willow branches, myrtle and dates.
Aleksandr (January, 1837: "inspired by a frigid winter afternoon in St. Petersburg, Russia") — with neroli, fir balsam, Russian leather and ambrette.
The Arquiste line will be exclusive to Barneys, and will be available in 50 ml ($165-175).