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July 29 2014

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L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Glove Love

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The roots of perfumery run deep. Back in the seventeenth century, fragrant oils were used to mask the not-so-pleasant aroma of body odors and raw hides, leading to the creation of all manner of scented leather goods worn by the ladies (and men) of the day. This old-world tradition is having a recent resurgence—Byredo’s Ben Gorham has hinted at a forthcoming leather goods collection—and now L’Artisan Parfumeur has teamed up with French glovemaker Causse to release a limited-edition pair of richly scented kid leather gloves for the holidays.

In creating this olfactory objet, L’Artisan stayed true to the centuries-old techniques. Their perfumers first dipped into the archives to select a scent that would marry well with leather, ultimately deciding to update a deep, musky blend from the seventies with a modern blackcurrant note. The result was christened Mûre et Musc Extrême, and it was used, along with nourishing oils, to soak and soften the raw skins. After four hours of steeping, the leather was then removed from the mixture and placed in a special drying room overnight. It was then cut and stitched into silk-lined gloves by the masters at Causse, the famed eighteenth-century leather workshop based in Millau, in the south of France, and recently acquired by Chanel. (Glove fanatic Karl Lagerfeld is a client.)

The finished pairs—of which only 100 were made, at $480 each—come in four sizes and leave a delicate scent on your hands when removed. The aroma itself will remain on the gloves for three years; thereafter, you can revive it with a mist of Eau de Parfum Mûre et Musc Extrême, which by the way, makes for a fitting companion gift.

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