Originally Posted by teflondog
[quote author=shifts link=1125700728/0#7 date=1125761467][quote author=teflondog link=1125700728/0#4 date=1125712285]Well, to me niche are houses that deal exclusively with fragrances, unlike designer brands who make clothes and other products. Another way I explain niche to my non-basenote buddies are "very expensive colognes". The reason they're niche is because they contain high quality ingredients (or so I believe) and take the time to make them high quality products (or so I believe) unlike mass marketed frags.
I guess one could had CdG 2 to that list then, since CdG has a collection of clothes too. But usually they are packed together with niche houses. I guess there is no easy answer to the niche question and it is more of a feeling than anything else that decides. And the scent in itself of course.
It might sound like I am bitching, or trying to prove someone wrong, but that is not it at all. I was just curious to see the answer. Maybe there was no need for this disclaimer, but you never know
I appreciate your input. I couldn't agree with you more. I don't think there is a clear cut definition of niche. We all have our own opinions which is so great about this forum. I remember someone from Amsterdam jested by saying that Axe deodorant spray was considered niche where he lived.
Niche = non mass. Â*It's funny, most companies and the industry as a whole have exploited "niche" to the sense it is no longer relevant. Â*Just like the "alternative" music scene from the early 90's that became so mainstream. Â*Many niche fragrances (were) defined by attention to detail, quality of juice, creativity, etc. and are made by independent companies that have the ability to go against the grain. Â*True "niche" fragrances rarely exist these days because the companies can't compete with global fragrance companies masking their products as "niche" when they really are not. Â*Slapping an interesting name on a product yet working with the same perfumers who create mass products hardly qualifies as "niche".