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Monday, June 04, 2007

Everything that Chanel can do Hermes can do...bigger

...And everything that Malle can do Hermes can do too. What am I on about? Well, this is what I stumbled upon in Le Figaro (translation is mine, i.e. bad):
"24, Faubourg, Calèche, l’Eau des Merveilles, Bel Ami, Équipage, Hiris, Amazone (...) All find a new expression today and are joined together in a very beautiful collection, la grande bibliothèque «À la folie». With the manner of a literary editor [paging Malle], Hermès publishes all its fragrances in identical, generously-sized bottles (400 ml) of frosted glass, with a silver plated and engraved cap. Apart from the color of the juices, the only elements distinguishing the scents are the names on the label, just above the Hermès ex libris. (...)

Collection «À la folie»: 24, Faubourg (eau de toilette and eau de parfum), Amazone, Calèche (eau de toilette and soie de parfum), Eau des Merveilles (eau de toilette), Élixir des Merveilles (eau de parfum), Hiris, Rouge Hermès, Bel Ami, Équipage, Rocabar, Terre d’Hermès, Eau d’Hermès, Un Jardin en Méditerranée, Un Jardin sur le Nil. €195.00-€295.00 for 400 ml."
The collection is apparently sold at Hermes boutiques...somewhere. I could not find it at, French, American, or any other. If you have seen the "bibliothèque", please report!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw the "bibliothèque" at the New York store on Madison Ave awhile ago.

11:20 PM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Isn't that childish !
And completely unnecessary...

The McMansions of perfumery...

7:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you! I am going to look for them there next time I am in NYC.

8:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

McMansions!!! OMG. Definitelly. Well said!

8:27 AM EDT  
Blogger donanicola said...

Yes! Super Size Me enters the world of perfumery. I am disappointed with Hermes. Just no need for that. (Still want about 30 mls of Kelly Caleche when it comes out though ;))

8:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Supersize me, heh. Yes, I want Kelly Caleche too. Can't wait to try it!

8:58 AM EDT  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

They're doing both ends of the spectrum, evidently -- when I was in Neiman Marcus recently, I saw an Hermes coffret that was identical to the Hermessences coffret that had Merveilles, Caleche, 24 Faubourg, and Jardin Sur le Nil.

The perfume market has expanded greatly in the last few years, and I guess the companies are going to squeeze it for all they're worth. If people are more willing to buy perfume in general, they'll be more willing to buy Frankenstein-sized bottles of perfume.

10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Now that is the coffret that would appeal to me. 15ml is such a great size. Every line should offer their bottles in that size. I'd then own practically everything out there :-)

10:02 AM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

400 ml!!!

10:41 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yeah!! I can't imagine ever being able to use up 400ml of, say, 24 Faubourg. Maybe 400ml of Sur Le Nil. On a very hot summer and if it was the only bottle I owned. :-)

10:48 AM EDT  
Blogger donanicola said...

I want that coffret of 15mls each of Hermes lovelies......WANT it....

10:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Me too!!

10:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

400ml of Bel Ami can perfume entire continents..

11:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yeah! And so can 24, Faubourg.

8:19 AM EDT  

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