Fragrance (Women’s II)

Jean Patou

Joy (1929), Henri Alméras

Created in 1929 by perfumer Henri Alméras for Parisian couturier Jean Patou, Joy is one of the most iconic floral fragrances in the world. The 1929 Wall Street crash bankrupted Patou’s wealthy American clientele. As a response Jean Patoe created a fragrance to chase the Depression blues away. He ended up making the most expensive fragrance in the world.

This iconic fragrance, with top notes of jasmine and roses, has been worn by discerning women such as Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Jacqueline Kennedy. The classical flacon, with its stopper hand sealed with gold thread, was designed by leading Art Deco architect Louis Sue.

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