Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Martin Margiela “Replica” Fragrance Collection


I was flipping through the latest issue of Lucky magazine and I stopped to snicker over this trend piece about perfumes that take their inspiration from—wait for it—flowers!! Whatever will they think of next?

Then I lingered longer on the page, because this new Maison Martin Margiela fragrance, Beach Walk, made me think. It’s a citrusy tropical floral designed to evoke “Sun kissed salty skin” in “Calvi, 1972.” (Calvi  is located on the island of Corsica. I had to look that up.)

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CB I Hate Perfume’s Call for Benefactors


I’ve admired perfumer Chrisopher Brosius since the mid-1990s, when his original Demeter line was first launched in New York. I’ve continued to follow his career and his work, collecting samples and a bottle or two for my own collection and—in recent years—making regular visits to his I Hate Perfume studio and gallery in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

(You can read a post I wrote last year about Brosius and I Hate Perfume here.)

For all these reasons, I was distressed to learn that Brosius and I Hate Perfume are being forced to leave their Williamsburg storefront. I don’t have the details, but everyone knows that New York City real estate, particularly in a neighborhood like Williamsburg that has recently seen an influx of high-end development, is a tough business… Continue reading “CB I Hate Perfume’s Call for Benefactors”

I Hate Perfume: A short film about Christopher Brosius (with a sneak peek at new fragrance Invisible Monster)

I first met Christopher Brosius sometime in the mid-1990s, when he was promoting his small perfume brand Demeter on the main floor of Henri Bendel. It was the first time I had ever met a perfumer, and I was fascinated by his approach: he was offering a signature scent called Demeter that smelled unlike any other fragrance I’d ever smelled, as well as single-note scents of Lavender, Geranium, and so on. The fragrances were natural-smelling, back-to-the-basics, and utterly wearable.

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