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Wharf. The brand started life some 145
years ago by combining barbering and
selling fragrance in St James's and is
now reviving the formula in a striking
contemporary space designed by architects
Al-Jawad Pike. Perfume stalwart Floris
has also returned to its roots, offering
two levels of customisation: the Bespoke
Customisation Experience at £450 or the
full Bespoke Perfume Design at £4,500.
For the new generation of perfume
makers, this kind of experience is part and
parcel of the brand. Ex Nihilo, founded in
2013 by three young Parisians, opened a
store at Harrods last year. The interior is
dominated by their Osmologue, a stylish
steampunk-style contraption, designed by
Christophe Pillet, that customises perfumes
after a consultation. "The more perfume
becomes mainstream and accessible,
the more people will want something
different," says co-founder Benoît Verdier.
"Perfume has to regain its luxury status,
providing a deeper experience."
By Kilian, bykilian.com Creed,
creedboutique.com Editions de
Ex Nihilo, ex-nihilo-paris.com
Floris, florislondon.com Penhaligon's,
penhaligons.com Perfumer H,
PERFUMES FOR PURISTS
Five scents we just can't resist...
Baccarat Rouge 540 eau de parfum
by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
(£195, 70ml); franciskurkdjian.com
A timeless medley of jasmine,
saffron, ambergris and cedarwood,
created by Francis Kurkdjian.
Dry Wood by Ramon Monegal
(£130, 50ml); ramonmonegal.com
A warm and woody scent for both
men and women from the veteran
Spanish perfumer Ramon Monegal.
Velvet by Perfumer H (100ml
vessel plus two 10ml refillable travel
sprays and funnel, from £195);
A seductive modern chypre for
women, with top notes of Italian
bergamot, galbanum and angelica.
Silver Mountain Water by Creed
(£160, 75ml); creedboutique.com
A punch of clear mountain air from
citrus notes combines with tea,
blackcurrant, musk and ambergris.
Cologne Indelible by Editions
de Parfums (£155, 100ml);
A contemporary cologne for
men and women from the highly
respected Dominic Ropion.
Much of the pull of these boutiques
is their exquisitely crafted interiors,
designed as exotic lounges
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PHOTO: EX NIHILO AT
HARRODS; ROJA DOVE IN
EDITIONS DE PARFUMS
AT BURLINGTON ARCADE
FASHION + LIFESTYLE