Grasse, an idyllic inland region of the French Riviera, rose to prominence in the Middle Ages for producing high quality leather. However, the odor of leather making preceded its fame, so much so that people filled the countryside with flowers, scenting the air with their fragrance, which led to producing perfumed leather goods.
A pair of perfumed leather gloves found their way to Catherine de’ Medici, Queen of France, who was so enamored with them that she made Grasse the royal court’s official supplier of perfumed gloves. By the 18th century, Grasse had established itself as a perfume capital, and upheld the title through history to become the world’s capital of perfume. Indeed, many of the most iconic fragrances of our lifetime were created in Grasse.