For more than 65 years, Repetto has been outfitting ballerinas with their famous hand-sewn ballet shoes. What made and still makes them so loved is the “stitch and return” method used to create them. The soles are stitched inside out and then firmly turned back to give their pointe shoes unmatched suppleness.
Even their leather shoes are made with the same “stitch and return” method.
One day, that shoe will be MINE! Or a bag. Maybe both! There’s something so elegant, simple and graceful in Repetto’s designs.
Repetto decided to open up a new chapter in its history with the launch of its first perfume.
The face of of Repetto Eau de Toilette is Dorothée Gilbert, Principal Dancer of the Opèra National de Paris. I could watch her all day! So beautiful!
To create their first fragrance, Repetto called on perfumer Olivier Polge, son of perfumer Jacques Polge.
You’ve definitely liked or at least sniffed one of his fragrances! He’s created scents for Balenciaga, Burberry, Bvlgari, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Lancome- I could go on and on. The man has created a LOT of fragrances. In 2013, Chanel announced that Polge would become house perfumer when his father retired.
The powder pink bottle is the same colour as the famous Repetto pink, and has an identical ribbon used on the famous Carlotta Pointe Shoes. And hanging from the ribbon is the brand’s iconic lower-case ‘r’ in a weighted, drop pendant.
With Repetto Eau de Toilette, Olivier Polge sought to achieve a hand-sewn effect by combining a selection of luxurious and authentic raw ingredients. Rose is the heart, and like the satin ribbon of pointe shoes, it ties all the other notes together. The choreography of the scent opens with pear and cherry blossom, but the rose is also present as well and fusing with orange blossom. What’s so unique is that I can really pick up each note with every sniff, and even hours later too. And usually I’m not a fan of cherry blossom, but with the rose entertwined I actually like it. The rose really does tie everything together in a perfect dance of florals. It’s a floral that’s complex, beautiful and ever so rhythmical, yet magical and feminine. The base notes of Vanilla and Amber Wood give the fragrance its heart and as it wears down, they make it a standing ovation for me. Repetto Eau de Toilette lasts well too with great sillage- I can still smell it on my wrists 8 hours later.
Repetto was available at Sephora not too long ago, and maybe you can still find it there. I can’t believe it’s not there anymore, because it was all over the store around Christmas. You can find it online at places like Amazon and at various Boutiques Repetto. If you see it, it’s worth a sniff for sure!
Did you ever take ballet lessons? I never really did, but I did take Ukrainian dancing, so some ballet was included in our lessons. I did sign Marky up for ballet when she was four. It didn’t last long. My daughter was more interested in admiring herself and her Minnie Mouse tutu in the mirrors rather than actually dance HAHAHA.