By now everyone knows that I am in love with Florence and spend a lot of time there (with a street in the center of town named after my ancestors......how could I not?). I love the art, culture, architectural beauty, cuisine, etc etc......but what I love most about Florence are all the quirky historical facts that I continue to discover with each visit.
It’s a pretty well known fact (among historians, anyway) that Florentine Catherine de’Medici introduced many things to France when she married King Henry II and became queen. (Like the fork, for instance!!).
In my quest to discover the perfect scent for my line of home fragrance products I spent a lot of time doing research in my favorite city only to discover that Catherine was also an avid “perfumophile”.
She even had her own perfumer (cleverly named Rene le Florentin) who followed her to France and helped satisfy her addiction to the scents of Renaissance flowers she left behind in her beloved Florence. He invented many ways for her to carry her perfume around (necklaces, belts, pins).
He also worked with local leather tanneries and designed gloves infused with her favorite perfumes. This concept was very useful since back in the 1500’s bathing was not a daily routine so this was Catherine’s way of avoiding ‘unsavory aromas’ when she met with her subjects. (Shake with the right and cover nose with the left! Genius!!)
I am sure Catherine would have had a pair of gloves scented with my fragrance “Passeggiata” by Splendor of Florence to remind her of home!