Two weeks ago, I was strolling around Lyon, France utterly exhausted and wet, with luxury on my mind. Not because luxury is something I necessarily desire ( and defintely not something I can afford) but because I was off to a national competition for my business school. In 48 hours, I would have to launch a fake luxury product for unknown judges and spectators to critique.
I spent the last few weeks learning everything there is to know about the luxury market, its brands and its philosophy. Traditionally, sustainability does not coincide with luxury. After all, a slaughtered alligator can be considered basic manufacturing material. But luxury in its essence can be considered "sustainable."
Highly skilled craftsmanship and high quality, carefully selected materials tend to comprise all final products. Additionally, manfucturing is usually highly regulated and mass consumption is non-existent due to price and exclusivity. If you can match that with careful sourcing and cruelty-free practices, luxury products can be worth the investment.
So as luck would have it, my rainy day stroll brought me to a shop that incorporated many of these elements: Annick Goutal.
Annick Goutal is a famous French pianist and fashion model who introduced this luxury perfume brand that offered solutions to her sensitive skin by using high-quality raw materials while creating perfume. The brand is famous for making the perfect fragrance by crafting every bottle and scent by hand. Besides that, the perfume bottles are produced exclusively in France.
The fragrances smell wonderful, and make you feel wonderful from the inside out. A must try if you have sensitive skin...and about $100.