Hats and Perfumes — Inhabit Another Dimension

Like Perfumes, hats have a life of their own and inhabit another dimension. They can take us there if we are willing to play.       The “Journée chapeaux ElssCollection” (ElssCollection Hat Day) last week, was yet another example of the strength and verve of this young Parisian start-up company for short-term designer clothes […]

When A Raw Material Speaks to You, Take Note

Photo Courtesy Givaudan: Vetiver at Baie des Cayes, Haiti       I have always loved vetiver, perhaps more than any other raw material. Something about its dry-edged green earthiness has always spoken to me. It recalls the mellow brown of a cigar or beautifully tanned leather, but there’s also a brightness to it, and a saltiness […]

Esxence: The Power of World Niche Perfumery Converges on Milan ITALY

It’s less than a two-hour flight from Paris to Milan, but what a trip! The 5th Edition of the Esxence salon started off with a bang – a ‘GOLD’ theme party to celebrate 5 years of success – and ended on a note of promise, with awards for excellence among young perfumers. In between, 4 […]