Would You Pay $700 For A Perfume?

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I was willing to let this story go and move along to more important matters. However, something drew me back: the designer, Reed Krakoff, justified the making of a $695 perfume by saying:

What a lot of women want is something that not everyone can afford.”. And his un-affordable perfume comes with a handmade Murano bottle (available in four colors, 100 bottles made of each color). The bottle sells empty, with a funnel, engraved stopped and two refills of the perfume. Now I know this may sound interesting and while I haven’t actually smelled the perfume, I can’t cast the judgmental stone, however – what Reed Krakoff said plays in a loop in my head. Do we, women, really want what not everyone can afford? Isn’t that a bit too shallow, snobbish, vain and hopelessly, distastefully elitist even for a designer? (WWD via)

Reed Krakoff perfume


#1 Gingerella on 11.17.10 at 9:48 am

What a snob etc., ugh……never heard of the fear for the “double dip”. There are of course a few people who don’t need to fear it……only a few…..
This remind me of a car commercial I see almost every day and a fashionable socialite glam girl says in a benign way when she hear the price of the car: “That’s so not us”. It’s so distracting that I still don’t pay attention the car itself!

#2 kpriss on 11.17.10 at 10:05 am

I was thinking about this perfume when I watched the Karl Lagerfeld interview today… Luxury became such a vulgar word / concept today that one does not understand where it actually begins. Luxury is for a handful of people, actually, just like the Kaiser said – it’s not because you have a Chanel bag or a $700 perfume that you’re talking about luxury already. Too bad not many have the Kaiser’s wisdom :(

#3 Gingerella on 11.17.10 at 6:42 pm

Although written in another context this reminds on Dana Thomas’ book: DeLuxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre.
I think I must give the book a re-read. Read it back then (2007)when I was ill. But that title….:(

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