Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Made in the USA -- Oprah Magazine

This month we are so proud to have our line of candles included in the August issue of Oprah Magazine and to be featured on the O List.  This month's issue focuses on products that are Made in the USA.  To bring these candles to market, we worked for more than a year with an incredible team of people including: two friends and former colleagues of more than 15 years -- Maryellen Lapsansky, fragrance consultant, and Rhona Stokols, Symrise Fine Fragrance. Maryellen worked with me on the entire process from selecting a perfumery to developing the scents, and finding a US based and eco friendly manufacturer -- DPM Home Fragrance, based in Mississippi. Rhona believed in our project from the beginning and even though we were a new company, she championed our project and was a huge supporter of our vision.  

I met both women early in my career when I was Director of Public Relations and Advertising for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), the world's largest flavor and fragrance company. Rhona worked with me at IFF for several years and Maryellen and I collaborated on many events and initiatives while she was at the Fragrance Foundation.  At IFF, I met so many people that have become lifelong friends and have helped me profoundly with the development of my new company.  

While at IFF, I learned about the creative process of fragrance, the skill and expertise of bringing an idea to life through scent and how to market a sensory product.  It was very important to us that our candles be made in the U.S and support American jobs.  Because of the support of Oprah Magazine, and CT based outlets such as Greenwich Magazine & CT Cottages & Gardens, who have also featured our candle line, we will be reordering our candles and providing further support of DPM fragrance, who is the last US company to still hand pour their candles (no machines here), each one is unique.  Additionally, our candles are made with a soy wax blend giving them a clean burn, and are featured in a beautiful recycled glass container -- DPM employs more than 100 long term employees at their facility.  A win, win for everyone involved.

When I walk through my store, I see the influence of each one of my jobs over the years and the numerous former colleagues who haved helped me bring my dream to life. You may not see them but they are there.  Perfumers, designers, creative directors, product managers, public relations executives, marketing professionals, journalists, former clients, and more, each one a vital part of The Perfect Provenance.  Being part of a creative community is food for my soul and getting to work with so many long term friends and former colleagues makes my job a pleasure.  Over the coming months, I am going to give a shout out to these individuals through my blog and social media.  

It was a creative and exciting process and we love each scent that we brought to life.  Here is a description of each of the candles featured in the magazine. Check them out if you get a chance.

Sunshine Limone (Lemon Sunshine)

Symrise Perfumers Nathalie Benareau and Christelle Laprade, Symrise 
  • Top Note: Italian Lemon, Sparkling Bergamot
  • Middle Note: Jasmine Petals, Peach Blossom
  • Base Note: Skin Musk, Amberwood, Driftwood
  • Hand Poured Soy-based Wax; Recycled Cobalt Blue Glass; Luxurious Wooden Box
  • 10 ounces
  • Made in the USA
  • Approx. 65 hours burn time 
  • Each candle comes with a custom Perfect Provenance matchbox
  • Featured in the August issue of Oprah Magazine on the O List of products Made in the USA
Sunshine Limone is a part of the Smile Collection that benefits Operation Smile

Sheer bliss awaits with this heavenly scent. Rays of sparkling bergamot and Italian lemon shine through billowy jasmine and peach blossom petals supported by a warm woody back kissed with touches of skin musk.   Sunshine Limone means lemon sunshine in Italian and I love the idea of getting a kiss of sunshine from this fragrance.  I wanted this Smile Collection  product to give people true happiness in their home and I hope they feel that through this fresh, vibrant scent
Symrise Perfumers Nathalie Benareau, Symrise
  • Top Note: Mandarin, Italian Lemon, Blood Orange, Eucalyptus 
  • Middle Note: Orange Blossom, Golden Honey, Violet, Ginger 
  • Base Note: Powdery Clover
  • Hand Poured Soy-based Wax; Recycled White Glass; Luxurious Wooden Box
  • 10 ounces
  • Made in the USA
  • Approx. 65 hours burn time 
  • Each candle comes with a Perfect Provenance matchbox
  • Featured in Oprah Magazine's O List for August
What is Prospérité? To me, it is a life lived fully, peacefully and with generosity.  This candle represents a bounty of energizing citrus notes blend with eucalyptus for an uplifting sensation that dances its way into a radiating bouquet of orange blossom and violet adorned with a drizzle of golden honey and warm ginger.  It is a perfect scent for spring, a time for new beginning, new life and new energy.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Perfect Provenance Opens in Greenwich

Bienvenue Mes Amies!

I am proud to announce the launch of The Perfect Provenance this weekend, a new art inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café located in Greenwich, Connecticut at 47 Arch Street (on the corner of Grigg Street). We are thrilled to introduce our new curated concept store, and we hope you will love as much as we do. Perfect Provenance, which means — a place of origin; especially that of a work of art or archaeological specimen — will seek to discover, share, and exhibit artisan products and designs from around the world.

Our mission is to bring the best of the museum experience to our retail environment and an interactive retail experience to our merchandise. Every 8 to 10 weeks, we will introduce a new exhibition theme inspired by culture, events and people, both past and present. Our store will feature art, home, and men’s and women’s fashion.

Our new café, 47, is led by Chef Arik Bensimon and will feature menus inspired by the current exhibition.

Each of our exhibitions will include an array of antiques, sculpture, photography, fashion, music, and paintings. Like so many people, Paris holds a special place in our hearts. The theme of We’ll Always Have Paris, taken from the classic film Casablanca, really spoke to us creatively. Paris is a place where art, food, fashion, and culture all collide in the most magical way.

This project has been a true labor of love, and represents not just an incredible amount of time, effort and emotion over the past year and a half, but truly represents the entirety of my career.  I have worked hard over the past 25 years in luxury PR, marketing and retail, and so many of my colleagues past and present, have helped me bring this dream to fruition, I could not have done it without them.  I have always dreamed of opening my own store and it is now finally, a reality.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please visit us soon.  We are open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m to 6 p.m.  Our Cafe 47 is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  To learn more, visit www.theperfectprovenance.com.

À bientôt.

Lisa Lori

We'll Always Have Paris
(A Preview)

In 1860s Paris, the now famous French poster was born when artist Jules Cheret invented the color technique of lithography that would bring the sights and smells of Paris to life. Soon, Cheret’s work was posted throughout the city, becoming a symbol of one of the art world’s most important innovations. As the posters gained in popularity decade after decade, each generation and artistic movement spread their message through the art form, from the Belle Epoque and Art Deco, to the two World Wars, as well as the Cubists and modern advertising executives.

With this exhibition, we have tried to give you a small window into the vintage poster world, with work that highlights Culture, Travel, Design, Fashion, and Lifestyle. It is a wonderful way to enjoy art but to also take a step back in time.
In addition to vintage posters, we are featuring sculpture, artwork, fashion, and design throughout the exhibit, from important American, French and Connecticut artists and designers. We are proud to have five pieces from American Master Sculptor David Hayes on display inside and outside the store. Each room offers a new opportunity for discovery.

We’ll Always Have Paris is one of the most memorable lines in cinematic history, spoken in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. When cynical ex-pat Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells his former lover Lisa (Ingrid Bergman), “We’ll always have Paris,” Rick is referring to their brief romance on the eve of World War II — a courtship that ended abruptly with the Nazi invasion of France and the discovery that Lisa’s husband, a presumed dead Resistance fighter, was alive. Rick spoke those romantic words to Lisa in the movie’s final scene, and they have resonated for generations.   WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

Visit us in store to see this and so much more.