“A scent is like a beautiful memory; it transports us to another place in time” said by architect/historic preservationist and now perfumer, Carlos Huber. Huber founded Arquiste in 2011 with six initial fragrances, Aleksandr, Anima Dulcis, Fleur de Louis, Flor y Canto, Infanta en Flor and L’Etrog, which are each inspired from different time periods, with the most recent Boutonniere No. 7 arriving to the lineup soon. Each fragrance time period was thoroughly researched, with Huber using his Historical Preservation degree from Columbia to document every scent, food and taste from books and antiques unique to the time period to create a matchless and amazing olfactory experience for each scent. My personal favorite of the line is Aleksandr, with Neroli, Violet leaf, Fir Balsam and Russian leather as the notes of the fragrance, this scent has a strong gentleman air, perfect for the fall. Each scent truly transports you to their inspired time frame; take for example the imagery that is used to describe Aleksandr;
January 1837, St. Petersburg, Russia
"On a frosty winter afternoon, a fiery gentleman finishes his toilette by dabbing on a preparation of Neroli and Violet. He draws down his cuffs, dons a heavy fur and strides out in polished leather boots. As he rides off on his sleigh, the woody scent of Fir fills the air. Beyond the snow-laden trees, on a clearing bathed in amber light, the fateful duel awaits."
Arquiste recently had their debut appearance at the three-day event, Pitti Franganze, in Florence this past September among 213 international brands. Arquiste was recognized and featured as one of Pitti’s best discoveries, cementing Huber’s success as not just an entrepreneur but master at olfactory preservation.