Photo Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Visitors to the Big Apple as well as New Yorkers can sniff to their hearts content at the newly re-vamped fragrance floor at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. No longer hidden among a forest of scents, cutting-edge, artistic brands like Le Labo and Kilian, as well as the most dignified of classic favorites like Hermès and Chanel have their own freestanding mini-shops.
Ten days of special events to celebrate the floor’s unveiling kicked off last week, but you are not too late to catch a few, including.
- October 2 – A retrospective of the seven generations of Creed fragrance creations.
- October 3 – Celebrate Bond No. 9’s 10th anniversary with a Fine Fragrance Happy Hour.
- October 4, 2-6pm – Meet Kilian Hennessy for a private fragrance consultation.
- October 5 – Have your Jo Malone fragrance box painted by an on-site artist with any Jo Malone purchase.
But if you miss the festivities, don’t fear, the following are permanent installations.
Visit the Le Labo counter to turn your fragrance purchasing experience up on its head. Compounding technicians hand formulate—as in freshly blend—your scent of choice while you wait. There are 14 permanent formulas to choose from, plus nine city exclusives that are normally only available in their namesake town (keep that in mind for the next time you visit Dubai or Tokyo). As for the brand’s signature, Santal 33 qualifies, a smoky, woody type of perfume reminiscent of the Marlborough man, but loved by women just as much as men.
If its bling you are after, go no further than Bond No. 9 New York, the fragrance house that transformed the aromas of New York neighborhoods into legend. The Saks locale features a Swarovski Bar that showcases limited edition, collectible perfume bottles that are all a glitter in crystal. Stop by the site to enjoy the glitz, custom blend a signature scent, and celebrate Bond’s10th anniversary,by sampling Perfumista Avenue, the latest Bond creation, a fantasy NYC avenue of talented noses.
What accolade has not been bestowed upon Hermès—sophisticated (beyond), chic, coveted, and exclusive, but never before—accessible!! The new Saks island makes testing the classics such as Calèche and 24, Faubourg a cinch, and also lets you experiment with the new Jour d’ Hermès or the artfully crafted Colognes. Plus….the Saks “carre” (a square shaped boutique inspired by the classic Hermès scarf) is the only fragrance boutique in the U.S. to package your purchase in the signature orange gift box.
The Kilian counter is not only a treat for the olfactive sense but for the visual one as well. A large picture of the handsome founder Kilian Hennessy (grandson of the founder of LVMH) stares at passerby from the backdrop. iPad technology enhances the fragrance appreciation experience with interactive exploration of fragrance ingredients. And for the true connoisseur, sign up for a “Bespoke Service” consultation with Kilian himself to create a one-of-a-kind scent.
You will also encounter the worlds of Diptyque, Creed, Penhaligon’s, Acqua di Parma, Cartier, and Chanel presented in their own special counters. As for more of your past and future favorite perfumes, you will find them at the Fragrance Bar in the center of the floor. Happy sniffing!