Day 370: Something Beautiful—Grasse Perfume

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

While in Paris, I thought it might be interesting to see a perfume factory. And maybe get a good deal on my favorite Diorissimo. Didn’t make the factory, but did visit a Fragonard Shop in Montmartre. I bought gift  linens and an umbrella —enough to get a beautiful tote bag with a great graphic of lilies of the valley  and, of course, the Fragonard logo. As I write I’m looking at it. parfumerie-fragonard-3Wonderful design in every piece of merchandise, each sales table and showcase, all promotiional materials.

Looking at the tote this morning sent me searching for images of other Fragonard pieces. Turns out Fragonard’s home base is Grasse, France on the French Riviera. Fascinating and beautiful place. The world’s perfume capitol. Home of Fragonard, the painter, and Fragonard, the designer.

In the Rennaisance, leather tanning was big business. The scent of leather gloves put a crimp in sales until Galimard developed the practice of perfuming the gloves and won the heart and patronage of Catherine de Medici. The rest is history making Galimard the oldest perfumerie in France.

parfumerie-fragonard-2The Fragonard factory is beautiful and perched on a steep grade not far from Cannes. Molinard, the other local factory,  will let you design your own perfume. Perfume, film, and spectacular scenery. Perfect. I see a junket in my future.





About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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