The world of high-end perfume is surprisingly lucrative, considering that scent is often the most ignored of our senses. But one can’t judge a scent solely by the brand and shape of the bottle. With the right amount of attention, perfume can be a key to a whole olfactory world.
Articles of Interest is a limited-run podcast series about fashion, housed inside the design and architecture podcast 99% Invisible. Launched in 2018, the show encourages people to rethink the way we look at what we wear and what it says about us.
This second season of Articles of Interest features six interlocking episodes examining luxury and our collectively held ideas of glamour across the United States, from Chicago to Canal Street. Think of it like a podcast concept album, with recurring themes and threads that examine the ways we signal success and authenticity in America.
Articles of Interest was written and performed by Avery Trufelman, who spoke with Rachel Syme, Miranda Gordon & Gino Percantino from Mane, Barbara Herman from Eris Parfums, Suzanne McCormick from Method Products, Pamela Dalton from Monell Chemical Senses Center and Antonia Kohl, founder of Tigerlily Perfumery, for this episode. This season was edited by Chris Berube, scored by Rhae Royal and fact-checked by Tom Colligan; mix and tech production by Sharif Youssef with additional mixing by Rae Mondo; opening and closing songs by Sasami; photography by Austin Hobart and graphic design by Helen Tseng.
Special thanks to natural perfume maestro Mandy Aftel, perfume critic Chandler Burr, bottle designer Chad Lavigne, as well as Dana Bruno and Bibi Praval at Mane. Thanks as well as the whole 99pi team for support, insights, and edits, including Joe Rosenberg, Emmett FitzGerald, Vivian Le, Sean Real, Lasha Madan, Kurt Kohlstedt, Delaney Hall, and Katie Mingle. And Roman Mars is the fresh and clean scent of this whole series.