ARQUISTE founder, Carlos Huber, journeyed to lovely New Zealand for an olfactory, artistic, and architectural pilgrimage.
The unveiling of ARQUISTE took place at the preeminent style and beauty destination WORLD in Auckland. It was attended by perfume and beauty enthusiasts from all corners of the island country similar in size to Great Britain (to which New Zealand still remains tied).
Mary and Benny of WORLD put together a welcoming reception for Carlos while he gave trainings and conversed with press representatives, such as the New Zealand Herald. Check out "The Fragrant Man’s" coverage of the WORLD store launch.
The collaboration candle “Mérida” by ARQUISTE and Cire Trudon will also appear in WORLD stores. If we must say so ourselves, the bar is set especially high for New Zealanders. We are thankful for their wonderful hospitality and convivial spirit.
While visiting New Zealand, Carlos took a sojourn to Waiheke Island, where naturally luscious aromas fill the air. Waheike is an island in the Gulf of New Zealand renowned for its superb wineries. Explore Carlos’ olfactory journey through paradise.
Imagine lying on a grassy knoll under bright blue skies, and as far as the eye can see are rolling hills and rows of grapevines unfolding toward the horizon.
Pair the scene with scent described by Carlos:
“...strong, green and woody scent of clipped pines dividing certain cellar doors and vineyards;" "Young olives, smelling of a more pungent extra virgin olive oil, slightly bitter (you almost smell in the back of your mouth);” and finally the smell of wine: “deep fruity, currant, and vanilla tones of Waiheke Shiraz, Cabernet and Bordeaux blends."
Now is your picture complete? If not, discover more pictures on Facebook. Bon voyage!
Stay tuned for next week's post on ARQUISTE's adventures in Australia!
Midsummer night dreams, garden banquets, exotic travel, beach parties, fireworks... Summer is a great time for a new scent.
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This spring, Arquiste partnered with Birchbox, the innovative online beauty sample company, in an exciting attempt to bring our fans’ noses closer to our scents. Birchbox featured Arquiste fragrances, among other beauty samples, as part of their Gossip Girl themed edition of their exclusive beauty box. In celebration of the series’ season finale, the Birchbox team re-imagned the kinds of beauty products that suit the show’s characters. Co-founder Katia Beauchamp appeared on PIX 11 Morning News, presenting Flor y Canto as her favorite spring and summertime fragrance. Take a look here.
We are incredibly happy to launch Arquiste at the beautiful Parfümerie Osswald in Zurich, Switzerland, one of Europe's hotspots for perfume.
Check out the photos here.
· The following is a recollection from Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Sinan Antoon, which appears in PEN America 15: Maps and is excerpted from “In the Presence of Absence”. We are grateful to our friend Claudette Bakhtiar Ericson for sharing:
“Cities are smells: Acre is the smell of iodine and spices. Haifa is the smell of pine and wrinkled sheets. Moscow is the smell of vodka on ice. Cairo is the smell of mango and ginger. Beirut is the smell of the sun, sea, smoke, and lemons. Paris is the smell of fresh bread, cheese, and derivations of enchantment. Damascus is the smell of jasmine and dried fruit. Tunis is the smell of night musk and salt. Rabat is the smell of henna, incense, and honey. A city that cannot be known by its smell is unreliable. Exiles have a shared smell: the smell of longing for something else; a smell that resembles another smell. A panting, nostalgic smell that guides you, like a worn tourist map, to the smell of the original place. A smell is a memory and a setting sun. Sunset, here, is beauty rebuking the stranger.”
Copyright © 2011 by Archipelago Books.
Men have certain grooming and dressing traditions that go back ages. One of these is the story of the "buttonhole flower" or boutonnière. Their use probably originates from their attachment to a symbolic, honorific or even religious meaning. However, they quickly became appreciated for their decorative and olfactive qualities.
* A man would select a fresh boutonnière in much the same way he would wear a freshly laundered shirt or a pair of polished shoes. Its glory lay in its fragility; it was picked, worn in the buttonhole and allowed to die.
* When women danced or embraced their partners, the perfume of the boutonnière was meant to surprise and amuse them.
*The story of the boutonnière also includes its discreet rivalry with honorific and military decorations; a lapel flower hints that its wearer is possessed of a keen imagination and elevated sensitivity.
* Flowers all had a specific time and place for use; for example, the Gardenia become known as the "Opera Flower" for its use in black-tie attire.
...has no future.
("Une femme qui ne porte pas le parfum n'a aucun futur")
- Coco Chanel
A reminder from my friend Elisa Gil
(Image: Venus Reclining on a Sea Monster by John Deare 1785-87)
Check out the amazing presentation on Arquiste in Barneys New York "The Window":
Time Travel in a Bottle: 6 Transportive Scents from Arquiste
Lecteur, as-tu quelquefois respiré
Avec ivresse et lente gourmandise
Ce grain d'encens qui remplit une église,
Ou d'un sachet le musc invétéré?
Charme profond, magique, dont nous grise
Dans le présent le passé restauré!
Ainsi l'amant sur un corps adoré
Du souvenir cueille la fleur exquise.
"O reader have you ever breathed,
With drunkenness and greed's faiblesse,
The incense from a church recess,
Sachets of chronic musk unsheathed?
O deepest magic charm's sweet thrall
In present or in past restored!
As lovers place on their adored
Mnemonic petals of their fall."
...from Baudelaire's Fleurs Du Mal
Carlos and close friends celebrate the launch of ARQUISTE at Barney's New York stores across the United States.
Check out the photos!