The diptyque story began in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion. Christiane Gautrot was an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer. The first two collaborated designing fabrics and wallpaper for Liberty and Sanderson. They were joined by the third in 1961 and opened a shop to display their designs. Yves became the administrator and consultant; Desmond and Christiane were the artistic soul. Bit by bit, with finely honed taste, the trio transformed the site into a one-of-a-kind setting, a kind of stylish bazaar where one found surprising articles unmatched in Paris, mined and conveyed home by the trio over the course of their travels.
In 1968, diptyque composed its first eau de toilette, L’Eau, inspired by a 16th-century potpourri recipe and the scent of pomanders. New creations followed: eaux de parfums, roll-ons, and a rare vinaigre de toilette. For 40 years, diptyque has been developing a sophisticated collection of personal fragrances giving it a clear, distinctive signature. Over the course of the House’s history, an unusual olfactory landscape has been formed. Guided by a fragrance legacy as broad as it is deep, diptyque continues to pursue olfactory creation unmatched in the palette of classical perfumery, blending scents to be worn by man or woman.