Thx. That was a great article that I really enjoyed reading.
I think the reporter did a good job though, and obviously did his homework. Although L'Artisan and Lutens might have been important players in terms of launching the popularity of niche perfumery, Malle celebrated the work of the perfumers, while giving them the spotlight, and released fragrances that weren't necessarily marketed towards individuals - they were more like pieces of art that the perfumers were passionate about.
I still think the line is genius. I remember when I first smelled Carnal Flower, and thought it was "perfumey." How my tastes have changed!