Founded by three friends in 1961 to showcase their fabric designs and treasures found on their travels, Diptyque has grown to become a wildly popular parfumeur. The name, Diptyque, was inspired by a diptych adjoining the front door of their boutique.
Surviving somewhat successfully selling fabric, the diptyque scented candle was then introduced, scented and perfumed, to pair with their fabrics around 1963. Painter, illustrator and founder Desmond Knox-Leet carefully crafted their iconic labels which he felt captured the essence of each scent.
The original boutique still stands in operation at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. Adorned in William Morris wallpaper (my favorite little touch), the victorian parlor with its reclaimed-wood counter stands as a reminder of Diptyque’s adventurous past.