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Sniff Test: Coco Chanel's Favorite Perfumer Opening in L.A.

Courtesy of Krigler

Famed East Coast perfume Krigler New York is landing in L.A. come December. Get those noses up.

The Four Seasons Los Angeles is about to become home in December to one of the most storied but rare scent brands in the world: Krigler New York City. With a pedigree that dates back to the 1870s, Krigler makes famed custom fragrances (price starts at $50,000 and requires three to six months to create) and provided signature scents for Coco Chanel (Pleasure Gardenia 79, before she created her own), Grace Kelly (ChateauKrigler 12) and Audrey Hepburn (English Promenade 19). F. Scott Fitzgerald chose Lieber Gustav 14 for Zelda, long before Ari Onassis surprised Jackie O with the same scent. Each is concentrated, with only 1,000 bottles made annually, running from $200 to $700 (candles are $75). Today's owner is fifth-generation nose Ben Krigler, 34, following in the footsteps of his mother, grandmother and great-grandfather before him.

This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

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