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August 30 2014

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Galeries Lafayette, Bottled

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Last we checked in with Atelier Cologne, beauty veterans Sylvie Ganter and Christopher Cervasel’s labor of love that explores the idea of infusing higher concentrations of essential oils into traditionally light colonias, they were hard at work on a second line that focused on five singular ingredients. Following successful releases that put the spotlight on patchouli, amber, and vanilla, the duo launched Rose Anonyme and Vetiver Fatal this fall as side-by-side offerings, intending for their delicate blends of icy ginger, oud, and patchouli, and orange flower and cedarwood, respectively, to play off one another. “It’s about a thief—public enemy number one—and she is in love with the man that’s trying to capture her,” Cervasel says of the story behind the pair of scents, reminding us that each of the rectangular glass bottles in the range is meant to evoke a moment in time, not just a distinct aroma. For their latest project, Ganter and Cervasel were looking to hone in on not just a moment, but a few years—100 of them, to be exact. To fête the centennial anniversary of Galeries Lafayette, Atelier Cologne has just debuted Sous le toit de Paris, an homage to the famed French department store. “100 years ago, they were making colonias out of violets, so we remade one,” Cervasel explains of the French violet leaf-tinged fragrance with accents of Moroccan neroli, South African geranium, Haitian vetiver, and tonka bean from Brazil. The exclusive creation went on sale at Galeries Lafayette this month, but can also be purchased on the brand’s Web site—and at its newly erected stores on Elizabeth Street in New York’s Nolita neighborhood and on Rue Saint-Florentin in Paris’ first arrondissement. If you haven’t been yet, both are worth a visit at the very least for the antique engraving machines that sit perched inside, ready and waiting to custom-monogram a leather sleeve for your fragrance of choice.

Photo: Courtesy of Atelier Cologne

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