Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
The fourth in a series of Hermès' Jardins Collection of fragrances derives its inspiration not from the Mediterranean (Un Jardin en Méditerranée, 2003), the Nile (Un Jardin sur le Nil, 2005), or Indian monsoons (Un Jardin après la Mousson, 2008), but from an urban oasis—the Hermès roof garden at 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.
For in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, the new fragrance, Un Jardin Sur Le Toit, has roots in his personal history with the legendary French fashion and fragrance house—his first-ever meeting with Hermès took place in the rooftop garden, which was then, and is still today, cultivated and cared for by Hermès craftsman Yasmina the gardener.
“A perfumer’s place is everywhere and nowhere,” Ellena said in a statement. “That’s how, one day, I found something I thought was a long way away right under my nose. I had been there several times. My footsteps had produced a burst of aromas , lush grass, damp soil, and I loved letting them work their way inside me.”
The fragrance will be available in stores and on Hermes.com in early April; the 3.3 oz bottle is $125 and the 1.7 oz bottle will be priced at $90.
PS: In case you're curious, the Hermès rooftop garden in Paris features an apple tree, magnolias, and wild grasses. And the perfume smells divine.
· Hermes [Official Site]
· All Hermes coverage [Racked]