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. Wonderful 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.
The 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.