In 1961, three friends who had been trained in designing and house decoration, Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot and Yves Coueslant, decided to open a shop on boulevard Saint Germain in Paris, where they would display and sell their own creations in fabrics for house furnishing and acquaint their customers with traditional English perfumes, then unknown to this side of the channel.
In 1963, two years after they had opened, the house of Diptyque introduced its first scented candle, Hawthorn, that would be followed by many others including cinnamon, tuberose, fig tree, myrrh and cedar.
The enthusiasm of the three founders for perfumes and creation where their individual sensitivities blended led them to invent a unique style. Their creations stem from memories of their travels through the Mediterranean and the Near East mostly. They conjure up images of the Greek hot summer days, but also an orchard of limes and tangerines, the clear morning of a classical Latin landscape, noon in the countryside or the scent of a green riverside garden.
Diptyque is the only manufacturer in the world of scented candles that offers such a wide variety of scents.
Carefully selected essences, a sober black and white design, with elegant lettering and stylish drawings are the unmistakable hallmark of Diptyque products.