One of the less well-known things about Andy Warhol was his obsession with fragrance. He is said to have had a collection that he called his “permanent smell collection,” which was made up of hundreds of bottles, many half-used. Halston cologne, Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet eau de toilette, Braggi cologne, Ma Griffe by Carven, Paris by Yves Saint Laurent, and Devin cologne by Aramis are a few he collected.
[...] Warhol began amassing his collection of semi-used perfumes in the early 1960s— “Before that, the smells in my life were all just whatever happened to hit my nose by chance,” he wrote. “But then I realized I had to have a kind of smell museum so certain smells wouldn’t get lost forever.”
Alas, money can’t buy love. But it can buy a sumptuously fragranced Fendi handbag—a close second, to be sure. In a new collaboration, [perfumer Francis] Kurkdjian has teamed up with the storied Roman luxury house and its creative director, Silvia Venturini Fendi, to infuse the label's famed Baguette (arguably the first true It Bag) with a new scent, FendiFrenesia.
What distinguishes a Count from a waiter? What makes a princess? The nature of nobility is one of the questions raised in A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.1 Perfume lovers might torque the question to “How does a classic French perfume differ from a department store floral?” and “Is it worth it?”
I often say that it's the perfume that chose me. From an early age, I was fascinated by the world of couture and luxury for the art, craft and handcraft aspects. I wanted it to be my work. Unfortunately, I am not a skilled drawer and I was told that the field was closed to me.
— Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, quoted in Meet The Men Behind Some Of The World's Most Coveted Fragrances And Olfactory Experiences at Forbes.