December 25, 2016
Karen Dubin with Francoise Allesi of Annick Goutal
Every Holiday Season, Karen Dubin and Karen Adams founders of Sniffapalooza, dreams up a new holiday celebration and this year was no exception; they outdid past years because instead of one event, they organized three scensory experiences over two weekends. Sniffapalooza partnered up with three iconic French fragrance houses, Annick Goutal, Diptyque and Hermes.
Annick Goutal Boutique Madison Avenue
Saturday, December 3rd: Annick Goutal hosted the group at the Madison location. Françoise Alessi, Retail Manager, and her staff warmly welcomed us to the elegant boutique. To put us in the celebratory spirit for the Parisian Holiday Afternoon Party, the boutique was festively decked out in full Holiday regalia. From the exterior window display to the interior shelves, the main attraction was the new Tenue de Soiree which was beautifully displayed.
Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree
Francoise Alessi shared with us a brief overview of the brand’s history and emphasized their most recent releases, Rose Oud, an Oriental highlighted with notes of Agarwood and Turkish Rose, and Tenue de Soiree, a contemporary Chypre built on an Iris base, which is one of my favorite perfumes of 2016.
Diptyque Boutique West Village NYC
Sunday, December 4th: Diptyque hosted their Holiday Celebration at the charming West Village boutique. The festivities began with Boutique Manager, Kim Cotugno, having the store on full festive alert for our group, presenting us with light bites, sparkling mimosas, coffee, and seasonal cider to prepare us to delve into their holiday offerings.
Diptyque Holiday Candles
Kim Cotugno and her staff spoke to us about Diptyque’s heritage. From their legendary candles which are made of a high-quality vegetable/ paraffin wax mix, through the fragrance line, the scented ovals, the body range, the celebrated travel sets, the new fabric accessories line, and, the limited and much coveted Holiday Collection. So much to take in the two hours. In the spirit of the season, I had to purchase a Limited Edition Holiday Candle.
Interior of Hermès Parfumerie in NYC Downtown
Sunday, December 10th: Hermes held their Holiday Soiree at the one-year-old Hermès Parfumerie at Brookfield Place in the Financial District. This is the only Hermès store exclusively dedicated to fragrance, and showcases the brand’s entire library of perfumes and ancillarie including the popular Le Bain bath, body and hair-care collection, as well as Le Parfum de la Maison—Céline Ellena’s collection of scented objects, are also included here.
Hermès Brookfield Place
Due to the intimate nature of the event, it was limited to the first twenty attendees to sign up.
The Immersion Experience at Hermès
The boutique’s Assistant Manager, Breanna Brady and her team, greeted us with mimosas and gave us an overview of the much-loved stellar brand. We were guided through the Immersion Experience Tour which delved into the history of the storied house’s fragrance line and an interactive walk around to smell our favorite scents and discover new ones. A big draw for the groups’ holiday shopping was the new Christine Nagel penned fragrance, Galop d`Hermes, her first for the house. Complimentary holiday engraving for any fragrance purchase during the event was a special touch.
Thank you Team Karen, (Karen Dubin and Karen Adams) for hosting memorable 2016 events throughout the year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all.
Hernando Courtright, New York City Senior Events Contributor and ÇaFleureBon Ambassador.
All Photos by Hernando of ÇaFleureBon unless otherwise stated.
Annick Goutal, Hermès and Diptyque Swag Bags
We have three festive sample bags chock full of amazing fragrances courtesy of Annick Goutal, Hermès and Diptyque. Reader’s choice. To be eligible you must be a registered reader in the CON USA (you have to do this folks) and leave a comment with what you enjoyed about Hernando’s Sniffapalooza Holiday report and which of the fragrances from these three Houses you would like to see under your Tree or next to your Menorah. Draw closes December 28, 2016
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