Scents and Sensibility
by Mallory Passuite, 10/08/2013
Courtesy, Frédéric Malle
898 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, 212-249-7941
A self-proclaimed "Editeur de Parfums," Frédéric Malle was born into a fragrant family (his grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior; his mother was an art director there, working on scents like Eau Sauvage and Poison). Malle worked as a perfume consultant in Paris before founding his own brand in 2000. At his boutique, shoppers can discover scents like Dominique Ropion's Portrait of a Lady, which smells of Turkish rose with traces of cinnamon, patchouli, musk and frankincense. Last spring, Malle launched a new series of "portrait" perfumes. The first, an ode to celebrated Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten, features lemon, sandalwood, jasmine, saffron and vanilla. Malle's Upper East Side store is the brand's only location outside Paris (though the line is available at select retailers like Aedes de Venustas and Barneys New York).