A look at Frédéric Malle’s luxurious new perfume shop

A look at Frédéric Malle’s luxurious new perfume shop

Frédéric Malle, the French perfume expert, opened a stunning boutique today on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. He works with the world’s greatest noses to create unique, powerful fragrances. Mr. Malle’s resume is quite impressive, having worked at the prestigious house of Roure Bertrand, and it also seems that perfume runs in his blood: his grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior. I met him today at the boutique. He very politely introduced himself, and told me he could guess the fragrance I’d love, just by looking at me. “You don’t…

Suds in the City

Suds in the City

Lately I’ve been thinking about the scents I associate with New York. There’s the infamous “eau de garbage,” which wafts malodorously from many a street corner, especially in the dead of summer. And then there’s the uplifting smell of fresh laundry that hits you unexpectedly as you walk by the side of a building. New York is a place of contrasts, even for the nose. In her unforgettable essay Goodbye to All That, Joan Didion remembered smelling “lilac and garbage and expensive perfume.” These thoughts on scent are tied to…

Unique Boutique: Sockerbit

Unique Boutique: Sockerbit

Scandinavians are mad about candy; they start eating it before they can even walk (in fact, the traditional sour gummy called Sura Colanappar is shaped like a pacifier ) and never stop. Stefan Ernberg, the Swedish owner of Sockerbit, wanted to spread the candy craze. “We have the best candy in the world,” he told me, “but we don’t really export it.”  So a year ago, he and his wife, Florencia Baras, moved to New York to open a boutique filled to the brims with smågodis. The bright, cheerful space…