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Czech & Speake's Jermyn Street store to close at end of month

19th June, 2014

Czech & Speake are to close their historic Jermyn Street store after 30 years. The company opened their store at No. 39 in 1978 and had a studio across the road at No. 88, where their classic fragrance gets its name.The interior design company was founded by Frank Sawkins in 1978, and branched out into fragrances in 1981.Products from the…

Frederic Malle's West Village NYC store opens tomorrow, June 6th. + Eau de Magnolia video

05th June, 2014

June 6th 2014 sees the opening of Fréderic Malle's second New York perfumery in Greenwich Avenue. The store will open exactly 14 years after his first store in Paris. Malle worked with architect, Stephen Holl. Images: Adrian GaultMalle is intending to use the same tactic he uses with perfumers, with architects. He says:The success of Edi… launches "Try Me Collection"

16th May, 2014

UK Online retailer, have announced the "Try Me Collection", a premium sample service that allows customers to try a fragrance before they purchase. Traditionally, choosing a new fragrance can be quite a daunting and time consuming experience with hours spent sniffing out the perfect perfume. For those that don’t have time t…

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Miller Harris and Burberry Beauty open in Covent Garden

17th December, 2013

London's Covent Garden Market is fast becoming a destination for lovers of fragrance and beauty. Last year Chanel opened a dedicated beauty store, earlier this year Dior opened a beauty boutique, and Penhaligon's moved in to replace sister-brand L'Artisan Parfumeur. Now Miller Harris and Burberry have opened boutiques in the popular shopp…

Dior open beauty store in London's Covent Garden and unveil Miss Dior exhibition in Paris

19th November, 2013

Last weekend, Dior opened a stand-alone beauty boutique in London's Covent Garden – and opened an exhibition dedicated to Miss Dior, which is taking place at le Grand Palais in Paris until November 25th. Dior say:The Dior Beauty Boutique will showcase the complete Dior beauty and fragrance un…

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary opens in Brooklyn

by Carla Seipp, 22nd October, 2013

Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary can best be described as the NYC version of perfume nirvana - think sleek wooden floors, purist white walls and rows upon rows of niche fragrances.At the boutique’s opening in Boerum Hill this past week, guests were greeted with Pear & Olive martinis (inspired by Josh Lobb’s creation of the s…

Yohji fragrance return leads to sell out

22nd August, 2013

The original fragrances by Yohji Yamamoto, Yohji and Yohji Homme were relaunched earlier this month and sold out in their first week of sale in Selfridges London and online. The fragrances were originally launched in partnership with Jean Patou in the mid-nineties, but after Patou's acquisition by Procter & Gamble, the license was left to…

Harrods' "Fragrance Explosion" to start later this week

19th August, 2013

Harrods has announced a late summer programme of olfactory events entitled "Meet the Perfumers". The in-store talks, masterclasses and one to one consultations will take place from Thursday 22nd August to Thursday 19th September. The series includes highlights such as "The Art of British Perfumery", a masterclass with Floris perfumer Sh…

London Gets New Niche Perfumery 'Bloom' in trendy Spitalfields

by Lila Das Gupta, 21st December, 2012

London has a new niche perfumery shop. 'Bloom' in Spitalfields quietly opened its doors in August with a soft launch. Located in the trendy Spitalfields area of East London, home to many creative and artisanal businesses, Basenotes talked to owner Oxana Polyakova.Why did you decide to open a perfume shop?When I had to stay at home after …

New UK company, Olfactik, set up to supply the independent perfumer

16th July, 2012

The kits also includes the basic equipment needed, along with simple step-by-step instructions and a written formula for each fragrance. We also provide additional suggestions for personaling each forumula to give it a unique edge. Purchasing a kit in this way also gives the benefit of a 10-15% cost saving on ingredients.The company can a…

Chanel open pop-up perfumery in London's Covent Garden

13th July, 2012

Chanel are to open a 1,437 square foot pop-up shop in time for the Olympic Games in London's Covent Garden. The shop, which will sell Chanel's full fragrance and beauty range, will be housed in The Market Building.Brand director of Covent Garden shopping, Beverley Churchill has said “To be able to work with Chanel is a coup for the estate…

Campomarzio70 Via Vittoria celebrates 1st Birthday with Happy Noseday this Sunday [Rome]

by Grant Osborne, 09th March, 2012

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Rome's Campomarzio70 Via Vittoria niche perfumery the company are opening its doors to the public for a double event, featuring some of the stars of niche perfumery including Olivier Durbano, Andy Tauer, Vero Kern and Yosh Han. From 7.30 p.m, On Sunday March 11 the cocktail party "Happy Noseday…