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London, New York, Frankfurt, Milano - there are the same scenes to be found in any modern city, the homogenation of the New World everywhere! Perfume is a way to treat oneself to a 'luxury' but it is also a way to be an individual in our crowded noisy environments, to reinforce 'self' to oneself -
The fragrance conglomerates are the normal business pattern in many industries now. A 'group' owns and manages many smaller older companies which are just 'assets' to the board of directors - it had better sell or poof! It's gone.
I am forntunate to find luxury in small things - fresh flowers, a fine piece of cheese, a new perfume, a fresh new journal of unused pages -
A beautiful article - and a sad one.
Awesome read! It was very informative and comprehensible to someone new to learning about the different aspects of perfume and the perfume industry. Very well written.
Great article. Echoes many of my sentiments.
Walker Minton makes a great point. The so called "luxury" in our era of consumerism and flux doesn't mean anything more than profit. Quality may be more of a forgotten concept, especially when many so called upscale brands produce their goods anywhere else but the brand's place of origin... and the worst: they make no mention of this fact only silently do business as usual.
Luxury I would argue nowadays may be more about slow pace ... taking your time, develop-rethink-develop further-re-evaluate-improve-sell to people.
Luxury is also about applying craftsmanship ethically, using natural material in a sustainable way, and about telling consumer the story behind the product.
I appreciated expensive handcrafted shoes when years ago I saw a video at the museum of fashion in Paris. I realised the toil and time necessary and I realised that a good pair of shoes made ethically and not in sweat shops is a work of love for craft, and it is of high quality... in other words a luxury.
Perfumery is very much the same and basenotes has helped me realise that.
You said, in so many words, what I've been thinking for quite some time now. Thanks. :wink:
Walker: Thank you for taking me back to "the Smoke"... I was introduced to another, similar "Smoke" ... Stoke-on-Trent... its collieries, its "my pink half of the drainpipe" ... and the little luxuries that one can rely upon to brighten the ordinary, the workday, subdue the smells of diesel fuel and soot.
Thanks for a thought provoking article. Indeed what is luxury anymore ? You are right that the term 'quality' is a better one . Luxury these days does not mean quality is guaranteed.
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