Once I did a simple one with almost nothing in it: a beach, a reef sculpted from white marble which resembled a wave, a pair of sunglasses, and a swimsuit. And I had Eau d’Orange Verte sprayed into the street. Jean-Louis Dumas’ initial reaction was to say “But Leïla, there’s nothing there!” and then he saw a lady inhale the scent and he said to her, “Breathe, Madame, breathe,” and with that he attracted more people, passed on my story, and there was soon a crowd.
— Leïla Menchari, longtime director of window displays and of the silk colors committee at Hermès; her Tunisian garden was the inspiration for Un Jardin en Méditerranée. Menchari died earlier this month of coronavirus; she was 93. The quote is from Goodbye to Tunisian Hermès Dreamweaver. Remembering Leïla Menchari at Vogue Arabia; you can also read obits at New York Times, Archictectural Digest and Vogue UK. Hat tip to Kevin.