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    Default Re: Have you discovered your favorite designer house?

    Burberry. London, London SE, London (Female), Brit, Brit (Female), Touch, Beat for exceedingly rare circumstances and I'm covered.

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    I'd have to say Dior, but I'd base that mainly on Eau Sauvage and it's flankers, as there are a number of their other fragrances I'm no fan of at all--especially Fahrenheit.

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    There are a couple of houses that I could hypothetically survive solely on. I will rank them in order of preference.

    1. Hermes - If I could include their "niche" line (Hermessece), even better, but if not, their regular line is still a mighty class act.
    2. Guerlain - If this doesn't count as designer, please disregard. They are surely priced like designers.
    3. Chanel - Again, if we could sneak in some "Les Exclusif", better still.
    4. Christian Dior
    5. Aramis - Only because of Havana, seriously.

    *Should we have a poll? :-)
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    Guerlain if they are considered designer. No one ever seems to know how to classify them.

    Chanel or YSL. They rarely miss.

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    Chanel, YSL, Hermes. I would say Guerlain, but I wouldn't consider them designer, as Guerlain is not a fashion house like the others. Designer house to me means fragrances that are released by, well fashion houses. Consider them the "flankers" to the styles produced by these houses. Also, the fragrances are a great source of income to these houses for those that do not wear the clothes or accessories produced by them. The house of Chanel would have just barely survived WWII if it were not for perfume sales.

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    Hermès (followed by Chanel and YSL)
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Many. I'm so sad of what's become of the great Rochas.

    I admire Guerlain, Caron, Dior, Hermes and YSL

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    Guerlain
    Chanel
    Patou (what it was, and partially still is)
    Dior
    Caron
    Hermès
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    GIVENCHY
    I could alternate Monsieur de Givenchy, Vetyver and Gentleman for the rest of my days and be happy...

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    My top picks: Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Kenzo and Bulgari.

    Somehow I don't consider Guerlain & Estee Lauder designer houses. And YSL hasn't had a hit in a long while. Their latest offerings are on the 'safe & lame' side - rather disappointing.
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    If you would have asked me a decade ago, I would have said Ralph Lauren, simply because of the original Chaps and Polo Crest.

    Now that those are gone, I'll go with YSL....excellent stuff at great prices.
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    Bvlgari
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    I'll go with YSL.

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    I'm glad Diamondflame mentioned Bulgari. I don't think it'd be my top pick, but it deserves mentioning.

    (I don't think I can pick one right now. I would need to do more exploring first. And it sounds like Cartier would be a good place to start...)

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    Hermes for me

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    Hermes!

    I consider Guerlain as niche, since they're not a "designer" house. Their prices say otherwise!
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    I don`t think that Guerlain is a niche house, so i`d pick Guerlain, Cartier Hermes and Dior as my favorite fragrance houses. If I had to limit my wardrobe to just a few brands, these 4 would keep me satisfied.

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    Yes and unfortunately it's Frederic Malle. Why couldn't it be the House of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton? How nice it would be to not have to save up for a fragrance purchase!!

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    YSL, Cartier

    I consier AdP to be niche
    Top 10:
    1. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    2. YSL M7
    3. Tom Ford Bois Marocain
    4. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    5. Dior Homme/Intense
    6. YSL Opium
    7. Azzaro Pour Homme
    8. Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur
    9. YSL Live Jazz
    10. Burberry London

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    Ysl

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    Quote Originally Posted by calero View Post
    I would say Guerlain, but I wouldn't consider them designer, as Guerlain is not a fashion house like the others. Designer house to me means fragrances that are released by, well, fashion houses.
    Yeah that's my definition as well.
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    for your criteria:
    Armani and YSL

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    Chanel. It's such a huge favourite that I've limited myself to this brand. Maybe I'm boring in some peoples opinion but I dont need anything else because of Chanel's wide spectra of beautiful scents and rich variety.

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    Armani and Dior
    Acqua di Giò is my guilty pleasure. What's yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siifter View Post
    Chanel. It's such a huge favourite that I've limited myself to this brand. Maybe I'm boring in some peoples opinion but I dont need anything else because of Chanel's wide spectra of beautiful scents and rich variety.
    I second that. Chanel has everything that you need, right down to no. 19 being Unisex.

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    Guerlain. 200%

    I consider it designer because its distribution channel is the same as the other designer houses. Their releases (modern ones at least) are also aimed at the mass market, except for their exclusive line, which I would consider niche.

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    Anyone wanna tally the votes?

    I don't but I figure somebody might.

    I think YSL, Guerlain and Hermes are in the lead.

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    My No 1 is Chanel, as always, followed by Guerlain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calero View Post
    I would say Guerlain, but I wouldn't consider them designer, as Guerlain is not a fashion house like the others.
    Yup, you got a point there, one that has been debated over a bit. I tend to also regard (from personal observation) distribution, availability and creative freedom, for my own terms of "niche". Guerlain has always been a very gray area subject for me. Anyway, not much an issue with me...

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    Decided to bump this older thread with my current favorite designer houses.

    Bvlgari
    Burberry
    Paul Smith
    Thierry Mugler
    John Varvatos
    YSL
    Zirh
    Dior

    There are at least 4 frags from each of these houses that I love, which make the list for me. Zirh only has 3 scents that I know of though, and I enjoy them all.

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