Fashion & Beauty

Paris: Capital of Guerlain

The history of the quintessential Parisian perfumer Guerlain both influenced and was shaped by Parisian life, savoir faire, and culture.

The house of Guerlain is a Parisian institution. Guerlain aficionados—from royalty and empresses, to celebrities, writers, and artists—have been featured in novels, song lyrics, movies, and artistic creations, all while exemplifying Parisian savoir faire and luxury. The Guerlain headquarters and laboratory on the rue de Rivoli in the heart of Paris feature a new scent laboratory and a rose garden, intrinsically binding the famous house to the city of light, which it so perfectly captures in each bottle of perfume.
Traveling through two centuries of history at Guerlain, this book highlights the inextricable links between the house and the city: Guerlain changed Parisian life with its cosmetics and perfumes, yet could have existed nowhere else but in Paris. Guerlain’s creations, especially its perfumes, are put into historical and cultural context through a combination of interviews, images, and portraits of the people and products that played a role in the house’s story. This celebration of Guerlain, the quintessential Parisian perfumer, combines fashion, Parisian life and savoir faire, history, and the essence of beauty.

About The Author

Laurence Benaim has written many books including Fashion and Versailles (Flammarion, 2018) and Lancel: Parisian Maison since 1876 (2016). She created the style supplement for Le Monde, contributed to Vogue and Marie-Claire, and is an editorial advisor for Le Figaro.

  • Publish Date: February 22, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 10 x 13-3/4
  • Pages: 264
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $115.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-026131-1


"While Paris: Capital of Guerlain impeccably traces two centuries of history, it ultimately demonstrates the house of Guerlain’s unmatched ability to transform innovation into tradition through a uniquely seductive Parisian lens. And as one might expect from venerable publisher Flammarion, it’s all quite beautifully and stylishly presented." —BLACKBOOKS

"Valentine's Day book story: profiles the house of Guerlain, a French institution of fragrance that was influenced and shaped by Parisian life, savoir faire since it was founded in 1828 by Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain. Almost anyone who was, and is, famous, from royalty to empresses to celebrities and performing artists, have been touched by a Guerlain parfum, a refined Parisian luxury!" —LUXURYFACTS.COM

"The exquisitely rendered tome should be part of all fashion libraries as there is much to be learned and remembered from Benaiim's exhaustive research, which encompasses so much more than just the Guerlain family and their brand." —NEE YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

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