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Diptyque opens at IFC
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HONG KONG—The story of diptyque reminds me of the store in Greenbelt 5 called AC+632.
Whenever I walk into AC+632 I see all sorts of things brought in by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo from their travels abroad. You could say there’s something very French in that store.
Diptyque, on the other hand, began in Paris in 1961. It was opened by three friends with a passion for travel and design.

founders
L-R: Yves Coueslant (The Stage Designer), Christiane Gautrot (Designer), Desmond Knox-Leet (The Painter)

The store on the bohemian side of 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain became known as a kind of “chic bazaar” for fans who loved their avant-garde fabrics, decorative items, wooden toys, and all kinds of knickknacks the trio brought back from travels to the Far East and Africa.
In 1963 they introduced colored and scented candles, which were such a hit, it eventually became the main focus of their business: the diptyque label was born.

candles

Today, 50 years later, the diptyque brand is synonymous with world-renowned fragrances and scented candles. It counts among its many fans Karl Lagerfeld, Philippe Starck, Andree Putman, Jane Birkin, Christian Lacroix, Manolo Blahnik, Ines de la Fressange, Pierre Herme, and John Galliano.

Diptyque
John Galliano x Diptyque

Found in 40 countries around the world, diptyque recently opened its first stand-alone boutique in Asia at Hong Kong’s International Finance Center or IFC Mall. The 270-square-foot space was by designed by “couturier of interior design” Olivier Lempereur.

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Eric Cauvin, Commercial Director of diptyque showed us the entire product lines which includes 38 scents of candles, 13 kinds of eaux de toilette, bath and body care products, and home fragrances.

Eric at Diptyque

Lunch followed at Lane Crawford’s Café Costa

Costa at Lane Crawford
Stanislas, Sophie, Eric
L-R: diptyque’s Stanislas Le Bert (Area Sales Manager Grand Export), Sophie Lambert (Chief Operating Officer), and Eric Cauvin

At night the official opening at the IFC store was highlighted by a ceremonial lighting of candles headed by Sophie Lambert, Mr. Clement Yang, managing director of Vitel International Company; and Elisa Barthelemy, wife of the Consul General of France.

Ceremonial lighting of candles, Diptyque IFC

Also spotted (from L-R): Stanislas Le Bert, Sophie Lambert, Cheuk Wan Chi, Fan Chiang, Barney Cheng, Lisa S, Clement Yang, Mme. Elisa Barthelemy, and Eric Cauvin

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diptyque is at Shop 1080, Podium Level 1 ifc mall, No. 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.
In the Philippines, it is available exclusively at Rustan’s department stores.

To know more about the products, go to http://www.diptyqueparis.com/.

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I love diptyque and I’m always in love with TAM DAO. Hands down thats my favorite from them. The scent is just unisex. My guy friends use and love it. I do too! [Reply]CVS Reply:January 6th, 2012 at 11:58 AMa lot of diptyque scents are unisex, said Eric Cauvin, of course the girls appreciate the florals more than the guys [Reply]Ysa Reply:January 7th, 2012 at 12:48 PMOhhh nice… though I find others having rough smell that Im not fond of and felt that its for men more. But not all of them I have smelled so I’d give try on those… Read more »

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Love this post. So many pretty photos. And thanks for mentioning Olivier Lempereur! I’ve never heard of him until now–he’s my new idol in retail design. Kakakilig yung boutiques nya. <3

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