14 posts tagged "Le Labo"
Since it opened its doors in Nolita seven years ago, Le Labo has been something of a paradox in the perfumery industry. In an often mass-marketed business, where new launches are almost mandatory in every quarter, the New York–based atelier only deals in freshly made eaux that are hand-poured at the time of purchase; it also rarely releases new scents. Which is why this month’s debut of not one—but two—flacons should not be taken lightly. “The way we work is that we keep creating, modifying, playing endlessly with formulas until magic hits. This time and after so many years of work, we finally got lucky twice with these two perfumes, which happened to mature at about the same time, creating very different kinds of effects and emotions,” the company’s co-founder, Fabrice Penot, explains of Lys 41 and Ylang 49—”imperfect twins,” as he affectionately refers to the two new floral compositions. The latter, a chypre floral that accentuates its titular ylang-ylang note with a strong undertone of Pua Noa Noa (Tahitian gardenia), patchouli, oak moss, vetiver, and sandalwood has a lush, dark richness, while the former, a white floral, blends jasmine, tuberose absolute, and lily with woods, Madagascar vanilla, and musks for an opulent effect that is likely to elicit a visceral response from anyone who gets in its wake (as we are not jasmine fans, that effect registers as a little overpowering to us, but we respect a fragrance that pushes our olfactory limits). As with all Le Labo creations, best to keep these out of the sun and stored in the refrigerator to preserve potency if you plan on wearing them sparingly. Freshly poured means preservative-free, don’t ya know.
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Martha Stewart wanted to remind you—last night, live from a WWD event, via Twitter—that Marc Jacobs is launching a makeup line with Sephora this fall, and that he “loved his supportive grandmother.” Her feed; her 140 characters. [Glamour]
Katie Holmes’ debut ads as the first-ever global brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown cosmetics are making the rounds this week. In them she wears a rosy cheek, nude lip, and subtly smoky eye. “I really like her philosophy that makeup makes you feel beautiful,” Holmes says of Brown. “You’re already beautiful, but it makes you feel stronger and better.” [Us]
Botox, meet the stem-cell facial. The treatment, which takes stem cells from your own fat and injects them into your face, is touted as a permanent alternative to the popular toxin. [Huff Po]
News flash: Emma Roberts is “really obsessed” with Le Labo Santal 33 right now. That is all. [E!]
For the statistics nuts out there, here’s a look at Kate Middleton’s hair by the numbers: The Duchess goes for a glossy “Chelsea blow dry” 73.4 percent of the time, a chic half-up, half-down 13.6 percent of the time, and wears her strands either loose, curly, or in a ponytail 6.5 percent of the time. [Daily Mail]
Since opening its Nolita boutique six years ago, Le Labo has quickly become the preferred fragrance destination of many a well-heeled New Yorker—not to mention members of the style set in London, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Venice, and Hollywood, where the brand has since set up shop. Its freshly made fragrance concept, which ensures that the myriad essential oils used in its core collection of 12 scents (plus a number of city-specific exclusives) are blended with water and alcohol on site and to order, was a winner with consumers tired of the mass production of fine fragrance. We imagine its new adventures in pure perfume oil will go over equally well. Using a botanical safflower-oil base, Le Labo founders Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi have made their entire perfume library available in concentrated dropper form, to afford fragrance fiends the opportunity to smell their favorite scent—be it Bergamote 22, Oud 27, Ambrette 9, Santal 33, or Musc 25—that much longer.
From $120, available at www.lelabofragrances.com.
Le Labo is expanding its freshly poured perfume concept. In May, the brand’s co-founder Fabrice Penot teamed up with Strange Invisible Perfumes’ Alexandra Balahoutis to open the “perfume commune,” a.k.a. the Abbot Kinney Boulevard compound the two now share in Venice, California, where their brands and their collective belief that perfumes should be hand-blended and bottled in-house coexist in fragrant harmony. Now comes news that Penot has unveiled his seventh outpost. “The perfume revolution is spreading,” he jokes, referring to the fact that his new shop in Paris’ Saint Germain neighborhood makes Le Labo the alternative perfume brand with the most standalone stores in the world (other cities lucky enough to lay claim to one of its retail destinations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Tokyo). As to why Penot, a French-born New Yorker, decided to finally give the City of Light’s citizens what they want, he was quick to quote Audrey Hepburn. “Because Paris is always a good idea.” Selecting Saint Germain for his 600-square-foot atelier was a similar no-brainer. “It used to be the art and literature area, before fashion stores took over,” he says of the idyllic area on Paris’ Left Bank. “And it’s perfect because our counter at Colette is on the Right Bank.” Being bicoastal—never a bad thing.
Le Labo, 6 Rue de Bourbon-le-Chateau, Paris, www.lelabofragrances.com.
New York’s growing appetite for barbershop/apothecary hybrids will be getting some more amuse bouche this week as the Ace Hotel’s newly opened outpost of Rudy’s barbershop unveils its corresponding concept store. Designed by WRK Design, the same firm behind the salon’s old-timey interiors, the space aims to combine retail therapy with gently priced cuts for style-conscious guys and gals. The aesthetic is essentially military commissary-chic; faded, institutional-green walls are accessorized with vintage X-ray glass-turned-light fixtures. Other features include a changing room that was a bathroom stall in a previous life. It’s somehow the perfect backdrop for the carefully edited selection of personal grooming products from lines like Kiehl’s, Bumble and bumble, Ursa Major, Le Labo and Baxter of California, as well as choice items from Rudy’s in-house range, which includes everything from bath bombs to reconceived army blankets. Black House Project dog beds, canvas totes by RTH and Kelty backpacks are also available for your purchasing pleasure. Fingers crossed the store makes the trip across the river when the West Coast shearing destination opens its next installment in Williamsburg.