Valentine’s day is the feast of love and even if seems impossible to choose a lovely present among the thousands of consumerist proposals, it’s not that difficult being seducted by a collectible gift as the Byredo 1996 Inez and Vinoodh candle, an homage to the love between the two fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is the most consumerist occasion of the year to celebrate love, but in addition to the thousands of fashion proposals studded with hearts, there are also more particular products on the market that tell a true love story.
This is the case of the BYREDO 1996 INEZ and VINOODH candle, a collector’s edition of the Byredo fragrance ‘1996’ revisited in the form of red wax candle as symbol of love for Valentine’s Day.
BYREDO 1996 INEZ and VINOODH, a love story
Maybe this gift seems nothing more than a scented candle, but actually what struck me is the love story behind its fragrance.
The ‘1996’ fragrance was the result of a private collaboration between Ben Gorham, creator of the Swedish perfume house Byredo, and the famous fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who wanted to create a special Christmas gift for their beloved friends and clients. That private scent was so successful that after many requests it was finally put on the market in 2013, sealing the enduring love between the two artists.
For ‘1996’ Ben Gorham took inspiration from the photography ‘Kirsten 1996‘ by Inez and Vinoodh, trying to interpret with a synesthetic operation, not only the picture, but also the personality and passion of its creators, as well as the beauty and the warmth of their relationship and of their home.
“These are the notes that we’ve always been attracted to, that come from the different countries we have memories of, this is our house full of warm wood and high-end design, this picture represents the duality that underlies our work and our life together. The scent is very much Ben’s impeccable and sensitive interpretation of that “
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
‘1996’ is a full immersion in nature which opens with the deep notes of juniper berries, then gives way to the creamy and soft orris and the slightly flirtatious violets. Then comes the warm heart of the fragrance with the dark amber and the heady aroma of cognac, until the journey ends with the sensual notes of patchouli.
Top: juniper berries, black pepper
Heart: violet, leather accord, orris
Base: patchouli, black amber, vanilla
You can shop the Valentine’s day candle BYREDO 1996 INEZ and VINOODH (size 240 gr.) on line at byredo.com or at the exclusive Byredo dealers worldwide.
If on Valentine’s day you are in Italy, personally I suggest a visit with your significant person to the Olfattorio Bar à Parfums not only to buy the candle, but also to enjoy a olfactory tour.
If you are lucky enough to be in Florence (it would be great if you secretly book a romantic weekend in the cradle of Italian art) do not miss the chance to visit the small Museo della Cipria (powder museum), a rare gem in which are exhibited the most ancient powders of history with their wonderful packages that can be considered small works of art signed not only by the cosmetics major brands, but also by well-known artists.
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator