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Brand Watch: Parfums de Marly

Parfums de Marly is a contemporary perfumer with an eye on the scents of the 18th century. Discover everything you need to know about the fragrance brand and its latest scent, Kalan

Parfums de Maly fragrance brand

Although a young company, Parfums de Marly was founded on a historical notion: to reincarnate the splendour of the 18th Century – and in particular the court of King Louis XV.

The king of France was a renowned connoisseur of fine fragrances – his court was even known as “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court).

Some of the best perfumes were created for him in commemoration of prestigious horse races – his other lifelong love.

Founded in 2009, Parfums de Marly now has nearly 30 fragrances in its stable. The logo contains a brace of rearing horses – a symbolic tribute to the company’s inspiration.

Parfums de Marly was founded on a historical notion: to reincarnate the splendour of the 18th Century

The newest fragrance from the house is called Kalan. As Julien Sprecher, founder of Parfums de Marly, explains: “When I build a perfume, I want it to have roundness, that is to say, a present, seductive head, along with an immediately perceptible bottom. We could also talk about aura. The harmony between the materials, between the chords, creates an olfactory music.”

The result is a fragrance that is intense yet subtle. Expect black pepper and spices with fresh notes of blood orange and lavender, evolving to white sandalwood.

Kalan costs £160 (75ml); £200 (125ml). For more info, selfridges.com

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