Posts tagged “scent

365: Letter writing goes another level

Posted on January 5, 2015

Ah the pleasures of letter writing. Just the thought of it makes me happy. Not the email type, of course, but that proper, ink-to-paper, paper-to-post kind of letter writing. I love its slowness and deliberateness, the lack of expectation of immediacy, its absence of predictive text to both assist and confound: it evokes that greatest of luxuries: time. It evokes an era when the ladies of the house dispatched themselves to their “morning” rooms to take care of the correspondence of the day. I find it fascinating that there was an age (and not too long ago) where people – from the authors to the everyday – were defined by their letter writing, that it’s these artifacts through which we know them. The objets of letter writing also…

Lessons on pleasure from Mandy Aftel

Posted on December 7, 2014

I recently had a chance to interview one of my favorite people, Mandy Aftel (the artisan fragrance genius), about her book, Fragrant, one of the best books of the year, perhaps the decade. (Read more here, then make sure you pick up her book.) As our conversation often does, it meandered around to the topic of luxury and pleasure. It’s easy to think that someone in the field of fragrance – and in particular the fragrance industrial complex with its preponderance of glitzy ads, celebrity scents, and its ties to the the 20th century’s notions of luxury and sensuality – might be sucked into the norms of the industry. But she’s honed her own sensibility, values and ethos along the way and precisely because of the prevailing…