The 17th century symbol of the French perfume maker, L’habit du Parfumeur (the robe of the perfume maker) made an appearance at Dubai Duty Free’s headquarters when the airport retailer was presented with a limited edition statuette of the character.
The statuette, which is a replica of the original work commissioned by the Mayor of Grasse in 1997, was presented to Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free by Serge Kotovsky, the President of Creation, a long time perfume supplier of Dubai Duty Free, and Olivier Quiquempois, the Curator of the International Perfume Museum of Grasse.
The original bronze statue of L’habit du Parfumeur stands 2.4 metres tall at the entrance of the International Perfume Museum and was produced by Polish artist, Tomek Kawiak. As a result of the support given by Creation in the funding of the original statue, the company received 8 limited edition statuettes measuring 30 cm and today presented statuette No. 3 of 8 to Dubai Duty Free.
Commenting on the presentation Colm McLoughlin said: “We are honoured to receive such a significant symbol of such an important element of our business. Perfume sales are the biggest contribution to our overall sales at Dubai Duty Free accounting for 16.36% of sales or US$268.82 million year-to-date. Having something so traditional and symbolic presented by one of our suppliers is very special and my thanks to Serge and his family for thinking of Dubai Duty Free for his honour. Thanks also to Mr. Quiquempois of the Museum in Grasse for travelling to Dubai for this presentation.”
As part of the presentation made by Creation, Serge Kotovsky outlined his company’s history with the town of Grasse and with Dubai Duty Free, and said: “There are only 8 statues which have been created and in the last 18 years, only 2 statues were presented. The first was presented to SHISEIDO Japan and the second was to Interparfums. Both companies are manufacturers of cosmetics and fragrances. The 3rd statue is presented for the first time to a retailer – Dubai Duty Free, with whom we are in partnership for over 17 years and have seen the business grow. DDF is the benchmark by which all Travel Retails operators are judged.”
The story of L’habit du Parfumeur began in the 17th century when Grasse was establishing itself as a perfume town. The original illustration of the perfume maker, who is seen with an elaborate ensemble containing all of the essences and ingredients of the trade, was quickly adapted by those in the fledgling industry. Grasse is now the world’s perfume capital representing two thirds of total French perfume production and employing 2,700 people generating a turnover of 600 million euros.
During the presentation, Mr. Quiquempois outlined the importance of the Perfume industry of Grasse to the French economy as well as the role of the International Perfume Museum in maintaining the history of the perfume industry in France.
Mr. Quiquempois said: “I am very honoured and it is a very emotional moment to have been invited to Dubai today. Grasse is historically the cradle of the modern perfume and the region remains the capital of the perfumery by the dynamism of its industry and by the presence of very numerous perfumers today who live and work on Grasse.”
The statuette was presented in the Auditorium of Dubai Duty Free’s Head Office and will be prominently displayed in the office complex.