Rose Desgranges Eau de Parfum
$145.00 – $240.00
At sixteen years old, Rose DesGranges, in the midst of raging war in Paris, was obliged to work to help support her family. She answered a small ad and became an apprentice to a renowned hair stylist and wigmaker at the Figaro Club which belonged to Albert Meyer, a hair stylist popular with the Faubourg’s most elegant ladies. Rose is employed full-time at the salon, and soon stands out for her manual dexterity, showing a flair for wig-making and themed window dressing. She is a stunning beauty and fills the salon with her bright spirit. Albert falls head over heels in love with Rose and marries her. After converting the storeroom in the listed inner courtyard into a small shop, she sells her hair accessories and adornments, as well as a few beauty products from 1945-1955. In 1958, Albert, a trained chemist, instead of offering her a gemstone, concocts a fragrance as a love tribute in the laboratory in his cellar using exclusive, handpicked raw ingredients. Defying all trends, the fragrance embodies everything that Rose represented to him; assured style, femininity, elegance, sensuality, the working woman, and effortless style. In 1961, during the Faubourg’s festivities, which are held once a year to showcase some of the country’s finest design objects and collections, Rose decides to advertise her fragrance. She instills a perfume fountain in the courtyard and places a drop of her elixir on ladies’ handkerchiefs. Her small shop then becomes the showcase for the “French-style fragrance.” In 2013, the descendants of Rose DesGranges (daughters and granddaughters) nurtured the idea of rekindling the flame of a perfume that encapsulated their childhood years. They thus decided to retrace half a century of French perfume-making and pay tribute to this exceptional creation. On December 1st, 2014, the vintage fragrance “Rose Desgranges” was revived in its original setting at 70, rue du Faubourg St Honore`, and crosses the Atlantic for the first time finding a new home at Sharla’s Boutique, the very first and only US Ambassador.