King Louis XV had two consuming passions: thoroughbreds and perfumes.
Originally known as the ‘haras de France’ (stud farms of France) for housing the best stallions in Europe, the sovereign also named the city of Grasse as the perfume capital of the world, bestowing noble titles onto the craftsmanship and trade of perfume making.
In 1739, Louis XV reconciled his two passions by commissioning Guillaume Coustou to sculpt the famous ‘Chevaux de Marly’ (The Marly horses), equestrian statues decorating the grand fountain, which was perfumed just like all the other fountains of the French court at the King’s specific request; This led the rest of the European monarchies to refer to it as ‘La Cour Parfumée’ (The perfumed court).
Parfums de Marly revives the splendor of the golden age of perfumes; an age before marketing, globalization and mass production.
Face to face with Julien Sprecher.
Born in 1973 in Saint Germain-en-Laye, Julien fell into the world of perfumes at a very young age. His father was representing the house of Guerlain in the Middle East at the time.
Julien developed his olfactory culture by working in the family’s distribution company across Asia and the Middle East before setting off on his own and launching Parfums de Marly.The vision of this connoisseur, impassioned about refined things, horses and France´s great history, was to infuse dreams into the perfumery world, by offering signature scents with strong commitment through dense, percussive, straight forward and legible formulas.
They resonate like a quote, where Julien´s favorite ingredients can be found: vanilla, orange blossom, heliotrope and guaiac wood.
“Scents make us travel. I have always admired the 18th century when horses and perfumes were the pride and glory of France,” says Julien Sprecher.
This brand of premium perfumes is a testimony to French quality praised around the world. With its variety of exceptional fragrances and rare olfactory moments, it touches the heart of authentic luxury enthusiasts as well as lovers of beautiful scents and noble raw materials.