Yesterday afternoon I popped down to Mayfair’s Avery Row to check out the newly refurbished Avery Perfume Gallery. I found the newly redecorated space, with its baroque style draperies and Victorian curiosity cabinet touches, was more complimentary to the curated collection of fragrances stocked at Avery rather than the more minimal style previously on display there.
The highlights of my sniffing session include Agonist’s Vanilla Marble, Ouris from SoOud, Y from Avery’s own collection, and I was quite surprised by Wanted and In Pursuit of Magic from Diane Pernet’s fragrance collection. Both perfumes opened with very robust, full bodied notes; In Pursuit of Magic in particular opened with a raspy quality I found really intriguing. Definitely warrants further exploration.