Traditional wisdom says the best fragrances are from France. But just like in the world of wine, the finest California fragrances can now slay the French at their own game—with a little Gallic savoir-faire, of course. Maison Louis Marie, the thoroughly L.A. parfumerie, makes several of our favorite fragrances and candles. It is the best of the California best and, not surprisingly, has deep roots in France’s long olfactory tradition.
For this month’s The Room feature, the house’s founder, Marie du Petit Thouars—an Angeleno by way of London, Paris, Florence and New York—invited us into the Silver Lake bedroom she shares with her husband, Matthew. The bright, welcoming room is serene, down to the last detail, with porthole skylights, sleek bedside lamps and one gorgeous piece of Swedish furniture. Double doors just off the bed open onto the couple’s oasis of a backyard, a rarity among the neighborhood’s mostly small, hilly plots. Marie, dressed for the garden in Comme des Garçons, made us coffee in a new Swiss machine we all got pretty excited about. We sat out back and talked Los Angeles, roots, her son László’s upcoming first airplane trip and, of course, her bedroom.
"I grew up in Belgium making candles and experimenting with various scents in my mother’s greenhouse. What started as a hobby became a Maison Louis Marie… "