I just spent a delightful week in Paris with my parents and daughters, and spent time with old friends and family there too. Lots of fun brand-spotting, car-spotting, and wining and dining.
For years I enjoyed coming to Paris and shopping at a store called Jess (no link, it’s not there anymore). Now, having given my daughters more or less French names, we enjoy spotting souvenir items like keychains bearing their names, and shops with names like “Romeo et Juliet” and the like, in a country where their names are more common than theirs are here in the US.
However, this one just, shall we say, blew us away:
That’s the sniffer for a perfume called Juliette Has a Gun. Lovely, no? According to the website, the English version of which is rather incoherent, several perfumes are planned under the brand. Miss Charming, for example, is “the perfume of a virgin witch, docile and provocative . . . One instant, holding up the pressures of the world and the next, crying hot tears over the death of Enzo, her bowl fish!” (I did not make this up.) Citizen Queen, another of the fragrances, is “not only this edgy lady, or the most glamorous, or the most intimidating, she’s just all that at the same time, a Beauty on her own.”
I don’t know, when I think of major French perfume houses, I think of “la maison de Guerlain” or “la maison de Dior.” I just don’t think la maison de Juliette Has a Gun really rolls off the tongue. Once again, however, I fear I am not the target demographic . . . tant pis alors.
More from Paris tout a l’heure.