Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 24 May, 2014 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW


                                                            Tessa Williams
                                                  CULT PERFUMES
                                                  The Book & Exclusive Interview


        It gives me great pleasure to introduce a book that I admired since the first glance at its description while searching for book on fragrances that I may have missed.

       The title, CULT PERFUMES- The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries published by MERRELL gave me goose bumps. It was intriguing and a little bit of a mystery to find out what perfumeries the author thought were exclusive.


      Tessa Williams is a journalist and has written for several well known publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times, just to name a few. I immediately assumed Ms. Williams knew what she is talking about because those publications only work with the best and most knowledgeable writers.

     I admire the extensive research done for this book and for Ms.Williams taking the time and expense to visit over 25 perfumeries to conduct interviews with the perfumers, and get a behind the scene look at these beloved perfumeries that have reached the noses and hearts of millions of people around the world.

    Not only is the research detailed by CULT PERFUMES offers beautiful photos of the perfumeries, the perfumes and of the perfumers. So, you get a package deal with this book.

   The layout and understanding of each perfumery in CULT PERFUMES is easy reading with details that gives historical background starting with Ancient Egypt to the master perfumeries of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 If you are new to niche perfumery, Welcome...CULT PERFUMES-The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries is a excellent place to start.

 I am deeply honored and privileged to have Tessa Williams, author of CULT PERFUMES-The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries answer my questions about this beautifully orchestrated book of my most favorite fragrances.


                              THE INTERVIEW


1. Tessa, did you write Cult Perfumes: The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries because you felt this type of book and subject matter is missing from the fragrance industry?


I wrote the book that I wanted to read and there is certainly no other book like this around about fragrances.

I’ve always been fascinated by perfume, even as a young girl, each scent I knew began to unravel a different story for me.

I wanted to write a book about perfume, and initially I had a different idea,

this was similar but slightly different and the publisher liked this so this was how the book evolved.


2. The book is so beautifully arranged. Did you arrange the layout of pictures and articles yourself or did you have help?
I was lucky to have worked with an amazingly talented team at Merrell.

My Editor there, Claire Chandler was a terrific help and the Art Director, Nicola Bailey

had this incredible artistic vision for a very beautiful book . Sadly they have now departed to

work at various other companies as the publishing company is no longer as diverse.

3. During your interviews with the perfumers, what would you say is the most common in terms of their passion for perfumery?

I came across undying passion amongst the perfumers that I met. The most uniting theme seemed to be that most people were creating their

unique and special perfumes for love of creation than from mere commercial desire to make something that sold in the wider sphere.


4. Tessa, how time consuming was it preparing to write CULT PERFUMES: The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries?

The whole process probably took around 2 years -

The research was a wonderful journey for me, taking me to meet

such special perfumers all around the world, from the magical Serge Lutens in Paris to being present at the 400th anniversary party of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Whenever possible I made the journey to meet people personally as I wanted the book to reflect this authenticity and connect with the perfumers on a one to one basis.


 I did face to face interviews with many key fragrance creators, which took a lot of time, probably about a year , compiling them all and travelling to each place.

Roja Dove , a real character , Francis Kurkdjian, a fascinating and very likable Parisian, Jo Malone, a very business like and rather tough but friendly lady, Antonia Bellanca (creator of Antonia’s Flowers) wonderfully passionate and inspiring Italian/ American .

After months of travels and many telephone and Skype interviews

it then took hour upon hour of sitting writing on the computer, into the night and starting early in the morning.

I was lucky that my family , also writers and artists were especially encouraging to me at this time.

My father used to ask me every day how many words I had written - that really helped - Also working with a fantastic Editor who insisted on deadlines being met and would not allow for much procrastination. My daughter too was very helpful

and encouraging - she also has a great interest in perfumes, even though she is only 9 , she already has quite a collection of them!


5. What types of scents do you personally enjoy wearing?

I am a big fan of tuberose, I originally loved the Jo Malone Tuberose, now discontinued, I enjoy Fracas a lot by Robert Piguet, I also love Earl Grey Tea by Angela Flanders, I can’t ever say no to a bit of Chanel no 5 and I do also like Chanel No 19 Poudre, I really adore Santa Maria Novella’s Sicilia cologne, I love Oud too by Maison Francis Kurkdjian and I’m very fond of Eau d’Hadrien by Annick Goutal , Mitsouko by Guerlain and also I am a big fan of Epic Woman by Amouage.


6. What types of scents do you think are most popular among consumers in the niche market?
There seems to be a big surge in popularity for the Oud type of perfumes just now in the niche market perhaps influenced by middle east. Also rose scents seem popular just now too .

7. What have your learned from this experience in writing your first book?
It has been a really wonderful experience writing this first book and it has encouraged me to write more .

I am now working on three other books, another on perfume, another guide book on a different theme and a novel. There is a lot of satisfaction in having finished something, that the feeling of writing a book gives you

and also something tangible, in our internet dominated world it is sometimes quite refreshing to be able to hold something and turn the physical pages and be moved by a beautiful design on the page that goes with the writing.


8. What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

Write it! Best advice .... do it and make sure you are writing about something you really LOVE! As writing is a very very tough and lonely occupation. However the opportunities, the rewards in kind and the people you will meet during the process will always be an unforgettable part of your life!

You could also write a best seller - You never know!

Make yourself a realistic deadline of when you can finish the book and set yourself a goal of writing so many words per day. Do it every day too, even if is just a few words, write something new every day. You can always go back and edit once you have written.

9. Lastly, how should consumers refer to your book such as a picture book, reference, coffee table book? 
Many people call it a Coffee Table book, I’m quite happy with that or a Reference Book - as I did not have much to do with the Photography I would not call it a Picture book, though it does have many beautiful images.

Many thanks Tessa and much continued success.


CULT PERFUMES
The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries by Tessa Williams


Hardback with Jacket
192 pages
300 color illustrations
ISBN#978 1 8589 45774
UK 29.95
US 49.95
CAN 54.95

www.merrellpublishers.com


 A Special Thanks to Mr. Rob Moore (US Publicity) for sending me the book, CULT PERFUMES-The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries to me and for allowing me to get my questions answered by Ms. Williams.


Photos: Photo of Ms. Williams courtesy of Merrell Publishers and photo of book cover courtesy of Merrell Publishers/Google images










FMH





  
  

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 20 May, 2014 0 comments

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FRAGRANCE NEWS REPORT

         It's Over for Third-Party Vendors at HENRI BENDEL


 It was reported over a month ago that HENRI BENDEL Fifth Avenue flagship store will no longer do business with third-party vendors.

 This came to a shocking surprise to many HENRI BENDEL loyal customers who shop their for beauty products that come from all over the world.

 Apparently HENRI BENDEL wants to put the spotlight on their own named brands which are handbags, fashion accessories, fashion jewelry, cosmetics, travel accessories, leather goods, hair goods and home fragrances.

 HENRI BENDEL flagship store was the icing on the cake for niche fragrances. It gave them an opportunity to be taken very seriously in a well established retail store on the most fashionable and iconic address of Fifth Avenue.

Wow what a shame, I thought the diversity was what set themselves apart. Do you think customers purchased more third-party vendor products than the HENRI BENDEL brand?

 My hat goes off to the third party vendors who made it on the shelves in HENRI BENDEL .I'm sure  they had to prove themselves quite a bit but as with anything in life, it is time to move on.

 I know of some very fine niche fragrance and beauty retailers in New York and perhaps they will seek this opportunity and approach these perfumeries such as Aftelier, Aroma M, Teo Cabanel, Memorie Liquide and others and offer them space on their shelves.

 If you are involved in the niche fragrance industry, it is our duty to help expand and find creative ways of exposing the true art of perfumery whenever it is needed.

 I can remember when HENRI BENDEL was first established in Chicago at 900 North Michigan Avenue. I remember the increasingly amounts of third-party vendors at this store. Due to the diversity of products and such unique jewelry is why I applied and got a HENRI BENDEL credit card.

 It is here where I first encountered the entire collection of Annick Goutal fragrances, MAC Cosmetics and the first HENRI BENDEL fragrance that I truly loved.

For all of you who shopped at HENRI BENDEL NYC, will you continue to shop there for HENRI BENDEL merchandise? Or, did you go there just for the third-party vendor products?


 Note: I heard the news from FASHION TIMES. An online fashion magazine based in New York.


 Photo: Photo of Henri Bendel taken from Google/www.blog.mallofamerica.com













FMH


Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 17 May, 2014 0 comments

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Fragrance News

          CHANDLER BURR flourishes with New Fragrance Book

  Congratulations to Chandler Burr! Curator of olfactory art at the Museum of Art and Design in  New York on his NEW book.

   Dior: The Perfumes is to launch on October 7, 2014. This exquisite book is written by Mr. Burr with a contribution by Vincent Leret, Patriomony Project Manager at Dior Parfums, with photos taken by fine art photographer, Terri Weifenbach.


  According to Rizzoli Publishing USA, this book is about fashion designer, Christian Dior and his relationship with perfumes.

Chandler Burr
  Chandler Burr is formerly the scent critic for the New York Times and who better to write a book about fragrances when he already has several of them under his belt.
 
 
 Mr. Burr has the ideal career to me. I remember going to hear him speak at a bookstore in Old Town, an eclectic neighborhood in Chicago. He signed one of his best books, "The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses" (Random House Publishing) published in 2003 for me.
 
  I truly look forward to reading this book and adding it to my collection of 'The best of Chandler
Burr'.
 
  Dior: The Perfumes
  Written by Chandler Burr, Contribution by Vincent Leret, Photographed by Terri Weifenbach
  Category: Design-Fashion
  Publisher: Rizzoli
  US Price: $115.00
  CAN Price: $115.00
  ISBN: 978-0-8478-4166-0
 
 www.rizzoliusa.com

 Chandler Burr is a journalist, author and curator of olfactory art. He is formerly the perfume critic for the New York Times, a position he created from 2006-2010.

 The first department of olfactory art was established by Burr at the Museum Arts and Design in New York. His first exhibition The Art of Scent 1889-2012 ran from November 22, 2012-May 3, 2013.

 Burr was born in Chicago but raised in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in New York.

 www.chandlerburr.com

 
 
 
 
 Photo: book cover courtesy of Rizzoli Publishing USA and photo of Mr. Chandler Burr courtesy of www.twitter.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FMH

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