Parfums de Marly offers fragrances inspired by horses, royalty, and luxury and a new boutique in NYC’s Meatpacking District
By Alison Blackman
Horse lovers (and lovers of unique fragrance) in NYC — trot over to Parfums de Marly at 805 Washington Street in NYC, the a chic new fragrance boutique that has recently opened in NYC’s meatpacking district (there is also one at 26 rue Cambon in Paris) and “whinny” with delight!
Parfums de Marly Parfums de Marly is a French brand taking inspiration from the splendour of the XVIIIth Century and the court of King Louis XV. King Louis was, even for a royal, extragavant and every day he requested a different scent for his apartments, plus streams of aromatic scents from the royal fountains. Considering how “odoferous” Europe was around that time, the rare essences used to make fragrance were only attainable by the very rich and royalty. Renowned for its scent extravagances, the court was named “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court). King Louis loved horses, too.
The point is, while Parfums de Marly brand is not an ancient perfume brand the earliest edition was created in 2011 and the newest is from 2016), the entire collection pays homage to King Louis XV, his love of elegance, fragrance, and the famous horses he loved and admired. The Parfums de Marly collection of more than 22 fragrances are (mostly) unisex, although some are packaged in masculine bottles, some in more curvy, feminine flacons with fragrances the brand obviously feels are more feminine.
Even if you’re not besotted with horses, you can’t help but be impressed by the jewel-box of a boutique that just opened in New York. The bottles are neatly arranged on the shelves, with names of famous horses such as Akaster, Athalia, Byerley, Carlisle, Darcy, Darley, Galloway, Godolphin, Herod, Ispazon, Pegasus, and the one I loved, “Oajan,” a spicy, smoky incense-y fragrance full of sensuality. Some of the perfumers involved in making these unique fragrances include Francis Deleamont, Michele Saramito, Olivier Pescheux, Jacques Flori, Sidonie Lancesseur, Nathalie Lorson and Fabrice Pellegrin. You can also buy signature Hermes scarves and accessories such as cufflinks and keychains that are really beautiful!
Of course, the main (or should I say, “mane”) event in the store are the fragrances. Each is unique and that’s so exciting to a fragrance collector and those who want something more than just the same fruity floral that is sold in every department store. At the editor’s preview event I received a bottle of Athalia, a feminine floral fragrance with orange blossom, iris, amber and white musk, developed by perfumer Alexandra Kosinski. It has a slightly musky scent that is somewhat undefineable, but you can really enjoy the amber and musk nicely blended with iris (a note that isn’t always used a great deal in “department store” brands). There is a new men’s fragrance as well, called “Nisean,” with notes of saffron and labdanum, a floral heart and base notes of patchouli leaf and precious woods.
What I really like about these fragrances is that they are unique. They’re the kind of scents that when you find the one that really suits you, people will come up and say “that smells amazing, what are you wearing?” You make these fragrance your own.
The Parfums de Marly mens’s fragrances are $175 .00 125 ml. The Parfums de Marly womens’ fragrances are only 74 ml and they are $275.00 . For home fragrance, $130.00 buys you an amazingly beautifully scented candle in a black votive in one of several home fragrances also emblazoned in bold with the two leaping horses crest of Parfums de Marly. For more information on these fabulous fragrances, visit the boutique or the Parfums de Marly website