Perfume house favored by European and Hollywood royalty settles in Houston – Krigler settles in All Four Seasons
PManure Ben Krigler has a charming exuberance for his craft, a pride based not only on the 117 years his family has created fragrances for the Krigler house, but also on the brand’s breathtaking clientele which includes European royalty. , the Hollywood elite and the mogul millionaire. On a recent visit to Houston for Krigler’s opening at the Four Seasons Hotel, the family business descendant reveled in tales of the rarefied house of intoxicating scents.
Standing behind the counter in the jewelry box of a boutique near the front desk of the Four Seasons Houston, Krigler almost giddily reveals his vast knowledge of the company’s repertoire of 600 fragrances (many in archives), 40 of which are on display as jewelry in the art deco inspired interiors, designed by Krigler. An architect by training, Krigler designs all the gems of black and gold retail. It is the first store in Texas.
The brand was launched commercially in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1904, after German-born chemist Albert Krigler created his first fragrance, Pleasure Garden 79, in 1879 for his fiancee. In 1909, he moved the perfumery to the Côte d’Azur, where most perfumes are currently created. He eventually moved the business to the Plaza Hotel in New York City, continuing the tradition of opening boutiques in five star hotels that began in Berlin.
Krigler also holds a court in the Four Seasons Hotels in Beverly Hills and Palm Beach, the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, The Peninsula in Chicago and now in this new Houston boutique at the Four Seasons, the first in Texas and the 10th internationally. Shops are also located in the Hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna, the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten Hotel in Hamburg and the Adlon Kempinski hotel in Berlin. Today, Krigler is the perfumer of choice for many members of the European royal family, including Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Krigler, the perfume artist
Ben Krigler is an entertaining traveling library of the brand’s history. As he vaporizes the paper tester for us to experience, he informs us that Grace Kelly chose Chateau Krigler 12 ($ 435 for 3.4 fluid ounces) for the night she won an Oscar in 1955 for The country girl. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marlene Dieterich preferred Lieber Gustav 14 ($ 435 for 3.4 fluid ounces). America One 31 ($ 435) is said to have been a favorite of President John F. Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway. Each comes with a story that Krigler shares in such an entertaining way. The cost of over-the-counter Krigler perfumes can run as high as $ 1,000, according to Maestro.
The product line includes scented candles and soaps made from Krigler perfumes, both of which would maintain their intense scent throughout their use.
Another aspect of Krigler is bespoke perfume, typically a three-year, $ 50,000 proposal in which a perfume is created in many stages specifically for those with sufficient discretionary income.
Krigler says he’ll be back in Houston and fans will want to make sure and check with the store. Meeting the beret nose of this perfume empire is a rare pleasure. He adores Houston, which was selected as the newest opening for maven fragrance due to the popularity of its scents with residents here.
The arrival of this Krigler perfume store was the final element in the multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, which coincided with the opening of the world famous steakhouse Toro Toro.