Anthropologie Gets Serious About Beauty-------
We’ve been longtime fans of both Le Labo, the Nolita-based bespoke fragrance company, and Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters’ upscale sister store. You can imagine our excitement, then, when we found out that the two had joined forces. Today marks the official online release of Le Labo founders Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi’s five-piece custom range for the retailer. Each meticulously blended eau de parfum comes packaged in an amber glass replica of an eighteenth-century poison bottle and boasts a label that has been printed to resemble a vintage stamp, making the flacons beautiful and covetable collectible items. So far, our favorites are Chant de Bois, a feminine woodsy eau with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, cedarwood, and a hint of aldehyde, and Orange Discrete, a galbanum, mandarin zest, orange blossom, vetiver, and cedarwood scent that you truly need to smell to fully grasp (it possesses both a zing from the citrus and a soft, clean effect from floral-laden musks). And this collaboration is just the beginning as far as Anthropologie’s latest beauty ventures are concerned. In addition to a revamped online beauty section that will launch on its Web site next week—and which will ultimately come to include hair care and makeup offerings—the company has also just added Happ & Stahns Perfumers to its happy primping family. We’re betting that brand’s 1842 Rosa Alba parfum, with a green Victorian-era bottle designed to resemble an antique inkwell, will cause a frenzy when it touches down at stores on November 1.